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Groups laud INEC, endorse Osun guber poll

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Six Civil Society Organisations have described the just concluded gubernatorial election in Osun State, as a reflection of the will of the people.

They also praised the umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for exhibiting professionalism and neutrality despite threats, intimidation and blackmail before and during the election.

The six representatives and the group are-Dr. Mrs. Olufunke Adesina, Centre for Women Agenda (CWA); Comrade Adedapo Ajisegiri Campaign Against Social Injustice (CASI); Comrade Onotosho Hakeem-Centre for Sustainable Dialogue (CSD); Dr. Oyedokun Alli-Development Advocacy Group (DAG); Comrade Jerry Nwachukwu-Rights Monitor Agenda (RMA); Comrade Wale Adeoye-Coalition of Democrats for Electoral Reforms (CODER); Samuel Bakare-Nigerian Human Rights Community (NHRC); and Comrade Ajayi Popoola of the Coalition for Peaceful Election (COPE).

In their joint statement issued yesterday, the groups said the election was largely peaceful and congratulated the people of Osun State for their civil, peaceful and orderly conduct in jealously guarding their mandate and proving that the will of the people is supreme in a democracy.

“However, we observe that unlike in the first round of election on the
September 22, 2018, which was largely peaceful and orderly, there were reports of pocket of violence in some areas far away from the locations of polling stations where the rerun elections took place on Thursday, September 27, 2018.

“In as much as we recognise that no election anywhere in world can be perfect, we call on the security agencies to investigate these allegations and do the needful. However, we make bold to state with all emphasis, that these allegations does not in anyway distract from the fact that, the will of the people as expressed at the poll, has triumphed.”


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