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December 8, 2023

I want to see a better Nigeria in my lifetime — 74-year-old voter

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By Kemi Akintokun

Seventy-four year old Rev. Olumide Adeshile, one of the early arrivals at his polling unit in Alimosho Local Government Area (LGA) of Lagos, says he wants to witness a better Nigeria in his lifetime.

Adeshile spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at Polling Unit 053, Ward E, Liasu/Ikotun area of Alimosho LGA on Saturday, as he awaited the arrival of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials to begin the accreditation and voting process that would see him cast his vote.

”As much as I want my children and grandchildren to enjoy a better Nigeria, I also want to experience it in my lifetime; that is why I am out here to vote for it to come to pass.

”I believe Nigeria will be great and better,” the retired civil servant told NAN.

He said that he had always prayed and hoped for a better Nigeria to come to reality.

On the late arrival of INEC officials at his polling unit, the septuagenarian said the development would not deter him from carrying out his civic right.

“I have been here since 8.30a.m. and we are yet to see any INEC official on ground, but that will not discourage me from voting,” he said.

Meanwhile, as at 10a.m. voters were still awaiting the arrival of INEC officials for accreditation.

A NAN correspondent who was the polling unit reports that security personnel were not seen on ground. (NAN)


Edited by Nick Nicholas/Oluwole Sogunle

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