Some voters in Osogbo participating in the Osun governorship re-run election refused to quit the queue on Thursday morning in spite of a heavy downpour.
The voters were on the queue at Polling Unit 17, Ward 5, Adewale Street, Alekuwodo in the capital of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the election process started at 8 a.m. on Thursday but at around 9:12 a.m., there was heavy downpour which halted the process.
The sudden rainfall had everybody running for cover but voters already on the voting queue, who initially ran for cover, quickly returned when they noticed that others who refused to take cover had moved forward to replace them.
By the time the rain subsided, all the voters on the queue were already drenched.
The voting, however, continued at 9:30 a.m. when everyone (INEC staff, security, media men and others) had returned to their posts.
Earlier, some middle-aged men and an elderly woman who came with Permanent Voter Cards from another unit, had attempted to cast their votes but were disallowed by vigilant security and party agents.
At Garage-Olode in Ife South Local Government Area of Osun, voters also defied the rain to participate in the exercise.
Adereti Polling Unit 012 in Olode, Ife South Local Government Area has 812 registered voters while Alutu Erin Primary School Polling Unit 010 in Osi in the same council area has 502.
There are also 353 registered voters in Alapata Polling Unit 002 in Oyere II, Ife North Local Government Area.
Voters at the Adereti Polling Unit 012 had arrived as early as 7 am to check their names on the voters’ register while voting and accreditation commenced at 8.am.
At the Ward 5, Unit 17 Polling Unit on Adewale Street at Alekuwodo, Osogbo, accreditation and voting commenced at exactly 8 am under a downpour.