Heavy security was observed entering Ikare-Akoko and around the town ahead of the by-election to fill the vacant seat in the House of Representatives for Akoko North-East and Akoko North-West Federal Constituency of Ondo State.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that as early as 7am, heavy security was seen at the major road into Ikare-Akoko.
This is the headquarters of Akoko-East Local Government Area.
Security personnel, including those of the Nigeria Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and Nigeria Custodial Service, were seen at strategic locations in the town and at polling centres, just as security men in patrol vehicles were also on hand.
NAN reports that officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission arrived early at most of the polling centres visited in Ikare, while many voters were seen checking for their names on the voters register pasted on walls and boards.
Also, there were no commercial activities in the town as shops and markets were locked and only a few commercial motorcyclists were seen plying the road at 7:30am.
NAN reports that the by-election is to fill the vacant seat in the House of Representatives for Akoko North-East and Akoko North-West Federal Constituency in Ondo State, which was vacated by Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo.
The seat became vacant following President Bola Tinubu’s appointment of Tunji-Ojo as Minister for Interior in August 2023.