Lagos polls: Police on standby to maintain peace
No fewer than 500 policemen are on standby for the Local Council elections to forestall any break down of law and order. The officers on standby had arrived the command at about 6.30 am on Saturday.
The officer in tactical command, Imohinmi Edgal, a Deputy Commissioner of Police is heading the operation while the Lagos police boss, Fatai Owoseni would be patrolling the state later in the day to supervise operations.
No incident has been recorded so far as voters have started to arrive at polling stations.
Chairmanship elections will be holding in 20 local governments and 37 local development councils in the state. Hundreds of councillors will be also standing for the elections.
Analysts say the elections are a popularity test for the ruling All Progressives Congress in the state and how well the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has performed.
Having lost a few members in the State’s house of assembly to the APC through defection, the leading opposition party the People’s Democratic Party is looking to make gains at the polls. But with Lagos being a stronghold of the APC’s, how much gains the PDP will record today is left to be seen.
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