(EDITORIAL) Ondo Election: Thumbs up for INEC, security officials, the electorate
The Ondo State gubernatorial election which was held on November 26, 2016 was one of the most peaceful, free and fair elections Nigeria has ever recorded in history despite of course noticeable hiccups.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has since declared Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the governorship election in Ondo State.
Mr. Akeredolu defeated two major opponents, Eyitayo Jegede of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), to clinch victory.
Aljazirahnews would like to commend the efforts of INEC officials, security personnel, and the good people of Ondo state for their different efforts at ensuring that the relative success of the election was assured.
We at Aljazirahnews commend INEC officials for their prompt arrival and delivery of electoral materials to the 3,009 polling units across the state.
We would also like to applaud the accreditation and voting system employed by INEC as this was one of the factors responsible for the absence of electoral malpractice and violence.
We however decry the reported incidents of votes buying by the major parties in the contest and pockets of violence recorded at some polling units. This does not augur well for our nascent democracy.
We also particularly condemn the illegal replacement of the accepted party logo of one of the parties, Young Democratic Party (YDP) which may have led to their dismal performance.
However, Aljazirahnews deems it fit to still commend good people of Ondo State for their sportsmanship and their loud political statement at the polls.
The successful outcome of the Ondo state Governorship election would not have been possible without the cooperation of the electorate who came out peacefully to vote for the candidate of their choice.
The electorate, from reports from our correspondent, remained calm in the face of provocations, intimidation and harassment. We applaud the electorate for their peaceful conduct in the pre-and post-election conduct.
Aljazirahnews commends the security agencies on the adequate deployment of personnel, especially to flashpoints.
Reports revealed that the security agencies involved included the Nigeria police, Nigeria security and Civil Defence Corps, and the Department of State Services.
We also commend the sacrifices of the security personnel that were deployed to various parts of Ondo State. The professionalism of all security agencies before, during and after the poll was impressive.
We hope that the election would serve as a roadmap to other states electoral processes coming soon especially the Rivers poll.
Election should certainly no longer be a ‘do or die affair.’
Political parties should see one another as states’ developmental agents rather than enemies.
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