The security arrangement is impressive and voters are prepared to vote for the candidates of their choice. But the way the politicians are going about their campaigns is disturbing. They are not addressing issues but they are castigating one another. They didn’t dwell on what they would offer the people if voted into power. They played on emotions.
They are busying trading blame and engaging in allegations. That is not what the people want. The present administration has done a lot but we want a government that would raise the bar. We want a government that would be for the people.
We want a government that would provide an enabling environment for local industries to grow. A government that would provide job security and lead us lead well. The state assembly should also enact laws that would encourage the government to perform well.
Above all, the election should be free, fair and credible. The people should be allowed to exercise their franchise. – Mr. Nurudeen Hassan, (A businessman)
We want a free, fair and credible election. The will of the people must not be tampered with. We heard a rumour that a party wants to rig the election; there is no point rigging this election. They should respect the will of the people and allow their wish to stay. I want the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies not to tamper with the results of the election.
We want the incoming government – whether it is the APC or the PDP – to surpass the achievements of the Adams Oshiomhole administration because there are a lot of challenges facing the people. We need water, good roads and other infrastructural developments. The incoming government should put the people first in whatever it does. We want a responsible government that will pay salaries and improve in security. •Adekunle Adeyemi
I expect the election to be free, fair and credible. The will of the masses should prevail. No politician’s ambition is worth the life of any person. The desperation for power by our politicians is rather unfortunate. Many of them engage in activities leading to the breakdown of law and order. We don’t want post-election violence.
The time has come when we all need to join hands together and move our dear nation to a greater height, no matter our political differences and ideologies. The Independent National Electoral Commission should discharge their functions independently without any interference by the federal and state governments. Let the change begin with them now. I don’t want the election to end in bloodshed. Our leaders should not give us any reason to cry. – Sylvester Ejike (A student of the University of Benin)
The new government should be able to develop infrastructure and continue from where the outgoing government stops. Whoever wins should be able to make business thrive in the state.
The level of unemployment is high. But the candidates have promised to create jobs. So, whoever wins should keep the promise.
Security has always been an issue when it comes to elections in Nigeria. Our security agencies should live up to their promise of providing adequate security. I am going to vote. •Ifeanyi Adah
I want the incoming government to reduce our taxes. I also want to see change in the aspect of job creation. The incoming government should create avenues for our youths to be engaged. The incoming government could do this by establishing industries to generate employment and make the economy better. I think that is very important.
I think it is possible for us to have a violence-free election. But it also depends on the area. I am definitely going to vote. I will cast my vote for whoever I have in mind. •Austin Sunday
There is hardship in the country. For traders in Edo State, we are feeling the problem. My expectation is that whoever wins the poll should create an enabling environment for small business owners to thrive. Of course, people are afraid that there could be an outbreak of violence. I registered to vote in my LGA but I would rather stay in Benin and watch as events unfold. Peace is very important. We hope INEC, politicians and security agencies would live up to their promises of a free, fair and credible election. Blessing Sunday, (A trader)