Ondo - The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun says the victory of the Labour Party (LP) in the Oct. 20 Ondo State Governorship Election was a reflection of the peoples’ will.
Mr Diran Odeyemi, Director of Publicity, Media and Strategy of the party in Osun, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Osogbo on Sunday.
Odeyemi, while congratulating Gov. Olusegun Mimiko on his re-election in Osun, noted that his victory showed that the people still wanted him in power.
“Democracy has worked this time around, and what it means is that the era of election rigging or manipulation of results is gone forever with this election in Nigeria,” he said.
According to him, ``it is very unusual for the opposition to congratulate the winner of an election and for the winner too to be magnanimous in victory as contained in Mimiko’s reaction to the election’’.
He observed that the election went smoothly not because of politics or an inducement of the electorate before they could vote.
The party official, however, urged the re-elected governor to keep to his promise to be humble in victory and address the problems of the state.
He said Mimiko should also as well see to the needs of the people.
In the same vein, Mr Waheed Lawal, the leader of National Conscience Party (NCP) in the state, said the result had also reflected the wishes of the people who re-elected Mimiko.
He, however, advised the governor “to make sure that he delivers the dividends of democracy to the people of the state” in appreciation of their votes.
However, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, Director of Research, Information and Strategy, Osun CAN, told NAN that he would not react to the election until he got details of it later.