By Umar Muhammad Puma
The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Rep Femi Gbajabiamila, yesterday described the last weekend Ekiti governorship election as a turning point in the country’s political history.
Gbajabiamila, in a statement he personally signed in Abuja, submitted that, “the Ekiti Governorship election of June 21 marks a watershed in our political history. Perhaps for the first time we all witnessed the gallantry and magnanimity of opponents after a keenly fought electoral contest.”
He congratulated the Governor-elect, the Peoples Democratic Party and the people of Ekiti state who turned out in mass elect leader of their choice
“I congratulate the Governor Elect,the PDP, the Ekiti people and more importantly I congratulate Nigeria and Nigerians for indeed whether we like the outcome of the election or not, sovereignty lies in the hands of the people.”
Gbajabiamila however lamented that it took the country a long time to get it right and said he expected the milestone recorded in Ekiti to be extended to other parts of the country in 2015 without the drafting of military personnels out of the barracks.
“It has become evident now that free, fair and credible elections can be held in Nigeria without the use of the military, and that it is possible and better for the peoples’ votes to be counted and human suffrage respected. We must now stop the unconstitutional use of the military in elections as their role under the provisions is purely to defend our territory from foreign aggression. It is only the police that is constitutionally empowered to maintain law and order. ”
The lawmaker also commended the outgoing governor, Kayode Fayemi, for upholding utmost decency and firm democratic ideals.