EDITORIAL: Osun By-election: A yardstick for 2019 elections

EDITORIAL: Osun By-election: A yardstick for 2019 elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday announced Mr Ademola Adeleke of the PDP as the winner of the Osun West Senatorial by-election. The election was held in 10 local government areas making up the  senatorial district.

Ademola Adeleke won with 97, 480 votes while his opponent, Hussain, who was Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s anointed candidate got 66,116 votes.

AljazirahNigeria recalls that Mr Adeleke, who had been cleared to contest for the primary on the platform of APC, defected to PDP in the month of June.

Mr. Adeleke was set to contest the primary in APC unopposed after his opponent, Mudashiru Hussein, was disqualified by the APC screening committee headed by Zamfara Assembly Speaker, Sanusi Rikiji.

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Mr. Hussein was disqualified by the committee which stated that he was still in active public service against the party’s stipulated guideline. Mr. Hussein was, however, cleared evening by National Working Committee of the APC to contest the primary.

We at AljazirahNigeria are happy that the elections went well and hope this can be replicated in subsequent upcoming gubernatorial, presidential, National and State Assembly elections.

AljazirahNigeria opines the outcome of the election is victory for the masses and defeat for the ruling party. The election was lost because APC failed in Osun and electorates are tired. This is a lesson for all politicians and especially those notorious for imposing candidates on the citizens.

We want to commend the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC for allowing a transparent democratic process, and allowing the will of the people to prevail.

We also want to commend them on the use of technology such as card readers to increase the credibility and transparency of the electoral process, and on prompt communication of the results.

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We urge INEC officials to replicate similar transparent electoral process in the Anambra, Osun, and Ekiti states upcoming elections

We commend the security agencies for ensuring peaceful voting atmosphere in many of the polling units as their presence in various points prevented the breakdown of law and order.

AljazirahNigeria also commend the people in the senatorial district for coming out en masse to exercise their franchise. People’s voice and vote will begin to prevail if we are united against bad governance.

 

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