#OndoDecides2020: Voters shun COVID-19 protocol as Rain halts voting at Eyitayo Jegede’s unit

No fewer than an hours the voting commenced an outburst of rain dissolved voters on the queue at PU 009, Ward 02, Akure South LGA, as they awaited their turn to cast their votes.

Eyitayo Jegede was attired in a white caftan with a black cap and a nose mask.

The PDP governorship candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, was also standing on the queue when the rain commenced.

Some of his supporters had pleaded with him to jump the queue to cast his vote because of the impending rain.

Mr Jegede insisted he would stay on the queue. 

The appeal was still ongoing when the rain suddenly came pouring down heavily.

The accreditation exercise as of the time of filing this report had stopped momentarily because of the rain.

However, those who were earlier screened for COVID-19 and checked were allowed to continue the process around the desk of polling officials where there is a protection from the rain.

Aides of the candidate had to escort Mr Jegede to a waiting vehicle when the rain made the area where they were standing uncomfortable.

A similar situation was reported in Owo earlier in the morning when torrential rain interrupted the process.

Owo is the hometown of the incumbent governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, while Akure is Mr Jegede’s home.

Lack of Social Distancing

Almost in most parts of the state during the voting, social distancing rule was ignored at Mr Jegede’s polling unit.

The candidate arrived the Unit 009, Ward 02, Akure South, at about 9 a.m. to cast his vote

From the entrance of the Sacred Heart Primary School, venue of the voting, the crowd encircled him and impeded his movement.

Mr Jegede preferred to stay on the queue against the advice of voters there. Then the rain started.

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