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Osun Election: LEAD Network says ‘outcome shows electorate have final say’

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Enugu – The Leadership Entrepreneurship and Advocacy (LEAD) Network Africa, an NGO, saysoutcome of the just-concluded Governorship Election in Osun shows electorates have the final say’.

It would be recalled that Sen. Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has been declared winner of the July 16 Governorship Polls in Osun by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Adeleke won in 17 out of 30 council areas of the state and had more than the required 25 per cent spread in each of the council areas in the state.

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The Executive Director of the NGO, Mr Chukwuma Okenwa, said this to newsmen on Sunday in Enugu shortly after the declaration of Adeleke winner of the polls in Osogbo.

“The just-concluded polls in Osun, just as was in the case of Anambra, further confirms that the power to decide the emergence of leaders has drastically shifted from undue influence to the electorates.

“The places of the ruling party, god fatherism and massive rigging that have been factors that rob people of their right to choose their leaders have been curtained,” he said.

Okenwa, however, commendedPresident Muhammadu Buhari for maintaining and standing for free, fair and credible elections in the country.

“I think the recent amendments of the Electoral Act and the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to free and fair elections, could be credited to these recent developments.

“The recent outcomes in Anambra and Osun for APGA and PDP respectively are not just victory for those parties, but for our democracy and its gradual positive evolution.

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“With these turn of events, more Nigerian electorates will shun voter apathy and turn out en masse for the general elections slated to hold in 2023,” he added.

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