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2023 Gov Election: Voters enraged as soldiers impose restrictions in Osun

Armed soldiers enforced a restriction order in Osogbo, Osun State, leaving many voters stopped as they attempted to travel to their polling places on Saturday.

For disobeying the restriction order, the affected electorate—primarily those who resided in the Owode, Ede, area—were hauled before the Osun State House of Assembly.

The voters showed their permanent voter cards when TV crews arrived, but the military ignored all of their pleas.

Taofeek Badmus, a lawmaker running for reelection in the Osogbo State Constituency, was seen pleading with the military to let the crowd move.

But, when approached Badmus for a statement, he declined.

Mr. Tajudeen Olajide, one of the voters, stated that he was living in Ede and intended to drive to Osogbo to cast his ballot when the troops halted his car.

He said, “I am living in Owode Area (Ede) and I wanted to move to Osogbo to vote. I wanted to move very early in the morning and despite that, soldiers stopped me there. I have been here since 5 am and yet they won’t allow me to move with my vehicle.

“I was given the option of moving without my vehicle but my polling unit is not nearby. I can’t trek down. Help us plead with them.”

Senior security officials who were also on duty for the state’s elections stated the soldiers had received a thorough briefing on their responsibilities and that the movement restrictions were in place to stop hoodlums from interfering with the voting.

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