A collection of civil society organizations in Edo State yesterday commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the conduct of the September 28th governorship election won by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.
The non-governmental organization at a press conference Saturday in Benin City said, “the election has come and gone, a winner has been announced by INEC. We advise the aggrieved party who still have the windows of the judiciary to take advantage of it. While we commend INEC thus far, we are requesting that they improve in subsequent elections”.
According to the Coordinator General, Edo Civil Society Organizations, Comrade Omobude Agho said, “as a critical stakeholder in the society, I want to appreciate God for making it possible for us to have an election where no life was lost throughout the entire state, it is remarkable and worthy of note.
“Edo Civil Society Organizations, the umbrella body of civil society groups in Edo state, having been part of the observation of the 2016 Edo State Governorship election held on the 28th day of September, 2016 across the state working with various accredited local and international observers have deem it necessary to brief the people of the state her observations”.
In another development, the Coalition for Good Governance and Economic Justice in Africa said, “We want to commend the INEC for conducting one of the best elections in Nigeria post the Prof Attahiru Jega regime”.
A statement by signed by Mr. Raphael Dimowo said, “we also commend the leadership of the Police for ensuring maximum security across the state which resulted into a largely peaceful exercise devoid of killing and assassination unlike what happened in Rivers state in 2015.
“This organization was at the receiving end of the brutal political violence in Rivers state wherein one of our monitoring vehicles was burnt down, our cameras were seized by political thugs and our staff kidnapped for three days.
“We note that this was not the case in Edo state and we commend the out-going Governor Adams Oshiomhole for providing an enabling environment for the opposition PDP to campaign without intimidation throughout the state. We note however, that the PDP complained of lack of access to public utilities during the campaigns, they however acknowledge that this never affected their movement during campaign and their access to the electorates was not hindered as a result.
“We commend the Inspector of General of Police and the Director of the SSS for shifting the polls from September 10 to September 28 to allow the militants to be flushed out and allow the peace loving people of Edo State to conduct themselves in a matured manner and this was amply demonstrated in the rescheduled date of September 28th.”