Lagos - Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, has commended the people of Osun State for overcoming alleged harassment by state agents to retain All Progressives Congress colleague, Rauf Aregbesola, following Saturday’s poll.
Fashola said Governor Aregbesola and the Osun State Chapter of the APC thus deserved congratulations for their steadfastness in the face of massive harassment and brutalization by the security forces sent by the ruling party to manipulate the course of the exercise.
Fashola called on the President Goodluck Jonathan administration andthe ruling party to apologise.
“If I were the President I would feel disappointed that security agencies of Nigeria were actually arresting members of one political party without any electoral charge on the night before the election. I think in those circumstances, I will expect to hear an apology to the APC and the people of the State of Osun in the aftermath of the election,” he said.
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“If people come out to beat their chest after an election and say ‘well, you know what, we gave people money and we gave people rice’, those are clear admission, public admission of inducement. Can INEC truly and sincerely say it has conducted a free and fair election when parties in that election admit inducement of people which is an infraction of the electoral law?”
Fashola urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to “look more vigorously at the nation’s electoral laws” and see what role security agencies had to play in elections.
He described the electoral victory in Osun as “a blessing of governance.”
“Forces of repression and their agents have been stopped in their tracks.
It shows that if people stand firm for what they believe in no force is greater than the will of the people”
Government had earlier distanced itself from suggestions it had ordered security forces to violate the rights of the people ahead of the election.
– CAJ News