By Gabriel Enogholase
BENINâ€”AS controversies continue to trail last weekâ€™sÂ bye-election in Akoko-Edo, state Constituency , eldersÂ of the local government area have commended Governor Adams Oshiomhole for leaving true to his promise that electoral fraud, ballot snatching, stuffing and booming of guns would be a thing of the past in the state.
The elders, in a statement signed by Mr. Mike Oloyo, a former member of the defunct Bendel State House of Assembly, Chief Sunday Arogundade, a former commissioner in Chief John Odigie- Oyegunâ€™s administration, Mr. T.O. Omoyemi and Chief C.A.Akole, also lauded the efforts of security operatives, Nigeria Police and the State Security Service for standing up to defend the inalienable rights of the people to be freely and properly enfranchised in a free nation.
They said the freeness of the bye- election had made clear that if the Independent National Electoral Commission was not unduly influenced and riotously stampeded, Nigeria might yet be able to redeem itself from man-made challenges.
According to them, â€œthis is the only time, since the commencement of our current democratic experience in 1999 that we have been allowed to participate in elections in our constituency in Akoko- Edo.
â€œThis goes to show that Conrade Adams Oshiomhole has the courage of his conviction that the sanctity of the ballot, that is one man, one vote, was the redeeming panacea for our electoral and material corruption as a nation.
â€œWe are of the opinion that Nigeriaâ€™s fledgling, but ailing democracy will be revived if the substantially hitch free method adopted in Akoko-Edo Constituency 1 House of Assembly re-run election is encouraged and replicated in future elections in the county as wholeâ€.