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Following last weekend’s victory at the Osun State governorship elections, congratulatory messages have continued to pour in for Senator Ademola Adeleke, the Governor-elect as well as the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Africa Daily News, New York recalls that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had defeated the incumbent and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gboyega Oyetola, and 13 others in the keenly contested elections which was held on Saturday.
On Tuesday morning, the governments of the United Kingdom and the United States governments praised the people of the state for their active, peaceful, and democratic participation in the elections.
The British High Commission, Abuja, in a statement which was posted on its social media platforms asserted that the results released by INEC were consistent with results obtained through civil society-led Parallel Vote Tabulation process.
It commended INEC, security agencies, civil society partners and all stakeholders for their contribution to the success of the election.
‘Our mission which observed the election on Saturday was encouraged by the continuing improvements in the electoral process, following the governorship election in Ekiti State last month. The timely opening of polls, functionality of the BVAS devices for accreditation of voters and electronic transmission of results, accessibility provisions for people with disabilities and vulnerable voters and increased turnout of voters were all factors worth commending about the process.’
The UK government, however, expressed serioys concerns over reports from some locations of apparent vote buying, even as it hoped that those involved would be held to account by the relevant authorities.
In the same vein, the U.S. Mission to NIgeria lauded Osun State citizens on the peaceful gubernatorial poll.
‘We commend the concerted efforts of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) staff and security personnel who helped facilitate a secure process that reflected the will of the people. We encourage all Nigerian citizens to register to vote now so that your voice can be heard in the national and state elections in 2023,’ it said.
Meanwhile Nigerians have continued to heap praises on INEC following their conduct diring the polls.