From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
President Muhammadu Buhari has been commended for his statesmanship before and after the concluded September 19 Edo Governorship election.
The Kwara state Labour Party Gubernatorial candidate Issa Aremu made the assertion in a statement made available to media in kaduna yesterday.
Comrade Aremu who was also an accredited INEC election observer said, weekend election was the first successful gubernatorial poll during COVID: 19 pandemic, adding that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) creditably discharged its responsibility notwithstanding the pre- election fears of violence.
The labour leader hailed the Edo voters for what he observed as their commitment to fair process which he said had in turn produced “fair outcomes”, adding that “ Edo people have truly come of age in democratic expressions”. According to him final figures announced by INEC with the incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki People’s Democratic Party having 307, 955 votes and All Progressives Congress’s Osagie Ize-Iyamu-Iyamu polling 223, 619 votes, underscore “genuine contest” between the leading candidates.
He said the concluded polls also witnessed remarkable mass participation of women and youths were visible voters in a number of wards and polling booths across all the senatorial districts in the state.
While congratulating Governor Godwin Obaseki for his victory at Saturday’s election, Comrade Issa Aremu, said the peaceful and fair outcome of the poll was due to the triple factors of “non- partisanship and Statesmanship of President Buhari, the professional conduct of INEC and the historic cooperation between the security agencies”.