From Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
The Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola has commended the electorate, INEC and stakeholders for the peaceful conduct of election in the state.
The governor gave the commendation after voting in his hometown, Iragbiji on Saturday.
He described the process as being peaceful and orderly, saying that the information made available to him showed that the election was generally peaceful.
He expressed satisfaction with the electoral process that will produce the House of Assembly members.
The governor also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies for ensuring a peaceful atmosphere.
He said the turn-out was good as people are now enlightened about voting. “They leave for their respective houses after voting.”
Also, Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Dr Najeem Salam in his hometown Ejigbo described the exercise as free and fair, stressing that the peaceful conduct of the election was not about the presence of securities, but the maturity of voters.
He said democracy is developing and voters are politically matured.
“There’s no crisis because people are getting to understand that it is their right to vote and the vote must be counted.
“With the card reader introduced by INEC, people now understand that there is no need fighting.
The speaker noted that democracy has come to stay and INEC is getting better as we are progressing.
He however expressed dismay over the number of political parties on the ballot papers, noting that frantic efforts should be made to review it.
“In a way, Nigeria is dancing towards two party system. It is only APC and PDP that is very prominent”, he said.