‘Ekiti election, another Buhari legacy on credible polls’

By Tunde Joshua

Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has described the just concluded Ekiti governorship election as yet another proof of President Muhammadu Buhari’s determination to leave a legacy of a successful electoral process. The group said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke that the President’s disposition was instrumental to the success of the election.

“Like the last off-season governorship election in Anambra State, last weekend’s election in Ekiti has also proved to be a badge of honour for President Buhari. statutory duty due to alleged lack of wherewithal.

Hence, its failure to prosecute even one per cent of the 870,000, 900,000 and 1,100,000 million electoral offenders arrested during the 2011, 2015 and 2019 general elections respectively.

“In order to stop the increasing wave of electoral impunity the Senate passed the Electoral Offences Commission Bill on July 14, 2021 and forwarded same to the House of Representatives. But the Bill has been ignored due to reasons best known to the members of the House of Representatives under your watch.

Hence, section 145 of the Electoral Act 2022 has vested the Independent National Electoral Commission “We are elated to see the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies receiving rave reviews on their performance on the management of the exercise before, during and after.

“We particularly find it interesting that the logistics for the election arrived early and the deployment of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) was largely hitch-free to the extent that YIAGA Africa, a notable civil society group, rated INEC highly.

“On the deployment of security personnel, the election observers noted in their reports that security forces were observed at 99% of polling units, adding that they were professional and non-partisan in almost all of the polling units.

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“We see this as a testament to the President’s determination to clean up the electoral process with a view to ensuring that elections in the country are not only free but are also seen to be credible and fair by all concerned,” the statement said. “Beyond the successful conduct of the election, its outcome is also one that is pleasing to all supporters of this administration, The Trumpet gathered.

“Just like President Buhari said in his immediate reaction after the results were announced, we also see it as an indication of confidence in the ability of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to deliver quality governance. “We also hail the maturity of the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olabisi Kolawole, for accepting that he was truly defeated in the election.

“It is not something we see when the opposition loses, but we view it in line with the credibility of the process to produce Biodun Oyebanji as the Governor-elect.” The group urged Nigerians to continue to trust in the ability of President Buhari to clean up the electoral process in line with his admonition that elections should not be seen as a do-or-die affair.

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