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Ondo Decides 2020: Rain, Shooting Cause Panic, delays voting in Akure, Owo

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A yet-to-be-identified man, who shot into the air caused panic in Ward 4, Unit 11, Oke Ijebu, Akure, while voting was on.

Also, A light rain had momentarily stopped voting in some parts of Akure, including Isikan, where Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, was waiting to vote.

Sources at the polling unit said many people waiting to cast their vote scampered to safety, while security men moved to the scene of the shooting.

It was learnt that the gunman had besieged the polling unit with an attempt to disrupt the poll but was overpowered by security agencies.

Police Public Relations Officer for Ondo Command, Tee-Leo Ikoro, who confirmed the incident in a telephone conversation with Globalgistng, however, said normalcy had returned to the area.

Ikoro said, “it was not as pronounced as you heard. It was true someone shot into the air and police got wind of it and deployed more men. It happened in Ward 4, unit 11. But normalcy had returned to the area.”

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Meanwhile, Jegede and his wife, Eno had arrived at Sacred Heart Primary School, ward 2 unit 10, Isikan, around 9:00 am and joined other voters in the queue.

The rain, which started about 20 minutes after his arrival, however, halted the voting process, as voters in the queue including Jegede, his wife, and others waiting to cast their votes had to stay in front of a classroom for the rain to stop.

Also, heavy rain was recorded around 7:50 am in Owo town, the home town of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

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At Unit 6 Ward 5 Isokun, Ijebu Owo where Akeredolu is expected to vote, INEC officials arrived before 08:am.

However, the heavy rain in the town prevented some voters from coming out to exercise their franchise but the rain subsided and voting resumed at 8:30 am.

Also Read: Ondo Decides 2020: Akeredolu, Jegede, Ajayi in tight race

There are security checkpoints on the major roads in Owo as the town is witnessing a downpour presently.

It was earlier reported that 17 political parties, including the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party, are fielding candidates in today’s governorship election in Ondo State.

However, there are only three main contestants and analysts have predicted the poll will largely be a three-horse race.

The three parties are the ruling APC, PDP, and the Zenith Labour Party, with Akeredolu, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, and Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi as the respective candidates.

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