By Lucy Osuizigbo and Yemi Adeleye
Residents of Iju-Ishaga, Ogba, Agege and Ifako/Ijaiye areas on Saturday resorted to trekking due to partial road restrictions resulting into heavy traffic over the ongoing Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Constituency Bye-election in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that there was heavy traffic along Agege/Ogba and Fagba axis; shops were also closed and security men with patrol vans were seen in the areas.
Some of the residents who spoke to NAN lamented low publicity as they were not aware of the bye-election.
Mr Seye Adeoti, a civil servant, said that due to heavy traffic he alighted from the bus and started trekking from Iyana-Orile in Agege to Ogba.
Mrs Biola Abdul-Lateef, a trader at Fagba, said she was not aware of the bye-election that it was the heavy traffic and the mass trekking of people on the road that suggested something was happening in the area.
She said she was not allowed to open her shop because of the election as a polling unit was situated close to her shop.
Also, Mr Celestine Okhiro, an apprentice said the restriction had made him trekked from Pen Cinema in Agege to Iju-Ishaga.
NAN also reports that the six political parties’ contesting in the poll are: Action Alliance (AA), Alliance for Democracy (AD), African Democratic Party (ADC), All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Social Democratic Party (SDP).
The bye-election resulted from the death of Mr Elijah Adewale, who represented the constituency in the House of Representatives.
Adewale died in Abuja on July 20.