By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
The Governor of Oyo State and the Oyo South Senatorial District candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gov. Abiola Ajimobi, has described the conduct of the rescheduled presidential and national assembly elections as credible, peaceful and relatively hitch-free.
The Governor disclosed this while speaking with newsmen on Saturday, shortly after casting his vote in company with his wife, Mrs Florence Ajimobi, children and sons-in-law, at Ward 11, Unit 20, Oluyole Community Grammar School, Oluyole Extension, Ibadan.
He restated that, the best election he had witnessed was the one held yesterday since he joined politics.
While making a general assessment of the election, the Governor said that the conduct was a mark of improvement from the past exercises, apart from reported cases of late arrival of polling materials in few polling units across the state.
Ajimobi, then, said he was particularly impressed by the large turnout of voters, especially youths whom he said had, by their actions on yesterday (Saturday), demonstrated their resolve to assume leadership positions.
He said: “I’m impressed with the conduct of today’s election which I can confidently say passes the litmus test of freeness, fairness and credibility. I congratulate the people of Oyo State for turning out in large numbers to exercise their franchise.
“The atmosphere in this polling unit is that of conviviality. We are all laughing and smiling at one another. The faces I see here are the faces of people who are happy and satisfied with this election.
“From what I have seen here and the reports I have received so far, the election is hugely successful and credible. The few cases of late arrival of electoral materials were later resolved.
“Not minding whether they are voting for our party or not, the voters here received me and my family warmly and you can see all of us throwing banters. I must tell you, this is another achievement of our administration. I did not hear any case of brigandage or violence so far.
“You will know the type of government in power by the people’s attitudes during elections. Today, generally, the election has been conducted in an atmosphere of peace, which is a thing of joy to me. What this means is that our government has enthroned peace in this state.”
While the Governor was enjoining the people of the state to maintain the orderliness, peaceful conduct and large turnout in the March 9 gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections, he equally urged them to avoid being used by politicians who have nothing good to offer them, than being used as instruments of violence.
In the same vein, the governorship candidate in the State, Mr Bayo Adelabu expressed satisfaction with the election, adding that he had just witnessed a peaceful election process since 1999.
He made the observation while speaking with newsmen, after casting his vote at the Ibadan South East, ward 9, unite 10, adding that he was satisfied with the level of the electoral process at the various places he visited.