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Afenifere Leader Excited at Success of Poll

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Poll Shift: Nigerians Express Divergent Views

Elder statesman and leader of Yoruba socio-cultural group Afenifere, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, has described the 2015 Presidential and National Assembly election as unprecedented in the history of Nigeria’s politics.

Speaking with WESTERN POST in Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Wednesday in a telephone conversation, Fasoranti said the elections were credible in all the states of the federation, though there were logistics problems.

The Afenifere leader lauded INEC over the peaceful conduct of the elections but said card readers was not perfect and gives room for improvement in the future.

He dispelled the call from some quarters on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel the elections due to the technical shortcomings in the use of the cards, saying: “It is clear from what we can see, fair, clear; no problem, no rigging. I hope we shall be able to follow this in future.”

The Yoruba leader advised the incoming APC government at the national level to play politics devoid of bitterness, rancour and hatred, making the interest of the people paramount and the driving force of the new government.

He also urged them not to jettison the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference in Abuja. “Confab is taken and debated that Nigerians should be given what they want because it is the opinion of the people; that is what we want. We want resource control, regional autonomy,” he said.

The octogenarian urged the new government to be led by the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, not to tamper with the reports of the confab “because quite a number of people were there to take the decision. The voice of the people, the recommendations should be taken and implemented.”

He congratulated Nigerians for the free, fair and violence-free conduct of the elections, showing “that they can change things by themselves and play politics devoid of ethnic, tribal and religious sentiments.”

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