By Nofisat Marindoti
Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has expressed his gratitude to the people of the state for voting for all the candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the recently conducted Local Government election.
Aregbesola also thanked the people for their peaceful conduct during the election.
In a statement signed by the Media Adviser to the Governor, Mr Sola Fasure, Aregbesola also commended the six political parties that fielded candidates in the election for their keen sportsmanship and for playing by the rule of the game.
According to the release, “Governor Rauf Aregbesola, on behalf of the State Government of Osun will like to thank the good people of the state for the peaceful and successful conduct of Parliamentary Elections into the Local Government Councils, Local Council Development Areas, Area Councils and Administrative Offices in the state last Saturday.
“Governor Aregbesola expresses profound gratitude to the people of the state for voting for all the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as they have always done in the past. The pattern of the voting is a demonstration of their unflinching support for the progressive cause.
“It is a faith that served our fathers, beginning from Chief Obafemi Awolowo and the Action Group (AG) and Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) in the First and Second Republic respectively. This has served us also through Chief Bola Ige and Chief Bisi Akande to our present administration under which great and unprecedented developments came.
“From all reports, the people came out massively in the 71 wards where councillorship posts were contested and conducted themselves peacefully and orderly before, during and after the election. Their Omoluabi essence was in vivid display.
“Governor Aregbesola commends also the six political parties that fielded candidates in the election for their keen sportsmanship, for playing by the rule of the game and for having faith in the democratic system. With their attitude and conduct, there is great hope for development of the democratic system of government in Osun.”
Explaining the advantage of the parliamentary system of government, Aregbesola lauded the State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) which conducted the election, for doing a good job and its transparency, fairness and efficiency displayed throughout the election.
“The following day, Sunday, January 28, 2018, all results were declared and winners announced. On the same day, certificates of return were issued out to the winners. This is a normal procedure that should trail any contest.
“The governor hopes that the body has learnt the right lessons, especially on where lapses occurred, and improve with subsequent elections.
“The law enforcement agencies have also been praised by Governor Aregbesola for rising to the occasion, for keeping the peace and for nipping in the bud the few cases of breach, promptly apprehending the suspects and restoring normalcy. It is hoped that the law will take its due course and serve as deterrent to the outlaws who might want to disrupt elections and perpetrate electoral fraud in the future.”
Governor Aregbesola also recognised and thanked election monitors and observers for the role they played, stating that they are the witnesses of truth who will tell the whole world what they saw and observed on the novel parliamentary election that took place in Osun.
“The stage is now set for the inauguration of the councillors from the 389 wards into the parliaments in the Local Government Councils, Local Council Development Areas, Area Councils and Administrative Offices in the state. After this, the chairpersons and other leaders will emerge from the parliament.
“The election that held last Saturday is unarguably a springboard for advancing the course of broad-based, all inclusive governance at the grassroots that will politically empower the people and provide the platform for accelerated development.
“One advantage of parliamentary system is that the executive and the legislative arms are fused. The expectation is therefore high that elected officials will live up to the billing.” the release added.
Governor Aregbesola thereby congratulated the winners, urging them to see their election not as an end but a means to an end, which is serving the people.