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Nigeria’s Mnister of state for defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro has joined other Nigerians and People’s Democratic Party stalwarts to congratulate the good people of Osun State and elected governor Rauf Aregbesola over the conduct of the elections in the state.
In a statement issued Sunday, Obanikoro said once again re-affirming the will of democracy by their exceptional conduct during the just concluded gubernatorial elections as the people of Osun State, “have consolidated our hope in a democracy where violence-free elections are allowed to thrive. I enjoin all other citizens of our great country to emulate them as we prepare for another round of general elections early next year.” the Minster said.
Statement continued, “I also wish to congratulate the winner, His Excellency Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for his victory at the polls. His re-election is a confirmation of the goodwill he enjoys among the people of Osun State.”
He went on to congratulate Senator Iyiola Omisore, a candidate of the PDP in the elections. He said Omisore deserves great commendation for fighting a good fight. “His rare display of maturity and sportsmanship throughout the period of the campaign and the election is worthy of emulation. History will be kind to him.”
He said, “I salute the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and particularly, our Military and other security forces for their professional conduct which ensured a peaceful, free and fair election in Osun State. But for the efforts of our Military in Osun State, the elections could have been marred by violence. The tireless effort of INEC officials and our security forces in ensuring a credible outcome of the Osun election pays glowing tributes to President Goodluck Jonathan’s strong and consistent commitment to free, fair, and peaceful elections.”