Sokoto State governor, Alhaji Magatakarda Wamakko, yesterday attributed the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Saturday’s governorship election in Osun State to the resilience and quest by the people of the state for success of democracy.
Wamakko said this in an a chat with newsmen in Abuja as he congratulated the Governor Rauf Aregbesola on what he described as his resounding success in the governorship election.
The Sokoto state governor said the peaceful conduct and the state of alertness of voters in the state had offered a hope that democracy, which he said was already derailing in Nigeria, could still be salvaged.
He called on Nigerians in general to take a cue from the “bold and courageous attitude of voters in Osun state” as part of measure to discourage anti-democratic tendencies in Nigeria ahead of 2015.
Wamakko said he was personally impressed that the election in Osun went peacefully contrary to general expectations and against the background of perceived attempts by agents of government to harass and intimidate the electorate in the state.
The Sokoto state governor said members of APC across the northern state were equally elated that their party won in Osun State, a development he said had revived the hope that Nigerians, come 2015, will speak out their minds even in the face of harassment and intimidation by anti-democratic forces.
Wamakko said Aregbesola worked hard and deserved to win while attributing the victory to the sense of appreciation demonstrated by the people of Osun state towards the laudable achievements by the governor.
He said all APC states are noted for progressive inclinations, while they devote attention to delivering the dividends of democracy in the areas of infrastructure, health services, human capital development, education, agriculture and others.
He said it was more heartwarming to note that the electorates in different states are beginning to appreciate hard work by their governors as demonstrated in the manner the people of Osun state voted overwhelmingly for Aregbesola to continue in office.
Wamakko disclosed that his desire to join in laying a solid foundation for democracy in Nigeria had, in the first instance, necessitated his membership of APC, and not because he had an axe to grind with anyone.
He said, “When we embarked on the struggle to deepen democracy in Nigeria, what was uppermost in our minds was the need to defend democracy and prevent it from drifting.
“We saw that many things were wrong with the manner our politics was managed particular in the PDP and we said no. By my understanding, opposition is not to pursue the downfall of any government, but to put the government on its toes while compelling it to do the right thing. That was what our struggles was meant to achieve.
“I am happy just like many of my leaders and colleagues in APC that events have started proving us right. If Osun can do it with a measure of steadfastness, other states in our country will do it also, because we are all in it to make democracy work.
“Nigeria is a commonwealth and we owe it a duty to make it work. As a member, I have always believed that APC will surprise Nigeria. We have proved this in Osun and by the will of Allah, we will prove it elsewhere.”