With the official results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the Osun State off-cycle governorship election, the National Peace Committee (NPC) has commended and congratulated the people of Osun State over their peaceful conduct during the July 16, 2022, governorship election making the following observations.
Im a statement on Sunday, the committee particularly commended the people of Osun State for coming out in large numbers abiding to the procedures set out by the Electoral Act and implemented by the electoral commission.
It described their conduct an admirable example of proper voter behaviour to the nation.
While the elections were not devoid of incidents, particularly the scourge that is vote trading, the National Peace Comiittee commended the efforts of all stakeholders who have tirelessly worked either as ombudsmen or observers or participants to ensure that the elections were conducted according to the rules.
It also strongly decrief the incidences of vote-trading recorded during the elections. This criminal offence, it maintained, should not be treated with levity because it threatens the credibility of the process.
The committee also called on the winner of the election, Senator Adeleke Ademola Jackson Nurudeen of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to be benevolent in victory, urging him and his political party to eschew triumphalism that may make peace-building difficult after what at certain moments was a fractiously fought election.