The Osun state gubernatorial candidate in 2007 elections, Engr. Rauf Aregbesola, while congratulating the newly elected President of Ghana, Prof. Attah-Mills, said it is not a surprise that political pundits around the world are delighted over the victory of the opposition party in the just-concluded Ghanaian polls. This consequentially, is an unavoidable indication as it is crystal clear that the ‘progressives’ all over the world are taking over the reign of power from the intransigent and reactionary elements in politics.”
In a statement issued today, Aregbesola described Prof. Attah-Mill’s victory as a flare of hope especially to Nigerians who are reeling and swayed under the upshot of bad governance fostered by abysmal leadership. He added that the enthronement of mediocrity over substance is the bane of the nation’s democracy.
“Nigeria should learn practical lessons from this, as the Ghanaian Electoral Commission have demonstrated the policy of one man one vote, which exemplifies respect for the integrity of electoral process and the sovereignty of the people, this consecutively will make democracy an enormously rewarding endeavour and indeed, a thrilling experience for the Ghanaians as against incessant ballot stuffing, snatching and result manipulation which is the hallmark of our electoral process in Nigeria.
I congratulate the Ghanaian Electoral Commission who have demonstrated to Africa how elections are done, and the world that it is again possible to have a successful transition from one democratic government to another by conducting applaudable and hitch-free elections. These polls which gave victory to Attar-Mills should be self-examination and an eye-opener to the retrogressive political arrangement by diehards which thwarts the emergence of sharp, incisive, and auspicious leaders.”
He implored the newly elect to see his victory as a challenge to live in the mind of the people in order to deliver the much anticipated dividends of democracy.
“Indeed, change has come to not only to the world, but also to Africa and our country, the acclaimed giant should not be exempted from this wind; crudity and bestiality must end, peace, liberty, freedom, justice, and the respect for human dignity, rule of law, social and economic justice and should be our new order, not bare rhetorics and bogus effusions.”
Signed by Oyintiloye Olatunbosun, Personal Assistant on Media and Publicity