A cross-section of
political stakeholders in
Ile-Ife, Osun, adjudged
the weekend by-election
for Ife Central State
Constituency’s seat in the
House of Assembly as
peaceful and credible.
Mr Biyi Odunlade, a
chieftain of All Progressives
Congress, APC, told the
News Agency of Nigeria that
voters in the neighbourhood
had aptly demonstrated their
level of political maturity and
Odunlade, a former Special
Adviser to Governor Rafiu
Aregbesola on Sports and
Special Needs, commended
INEC for creating an enabling
environment for the people to
exercise their franchise.
He said that the early
arrival of electoral officers at
the polling centres had also
facilitated the success of the
by-election to a large extent.
In the same vein, Mr
Olusegun Fanibe, the
candidate of Accord Party,
described the by-election as
history in making, considering
the determination of INEC
officials and voters to ensure hitch-free polling.
Fanibe said that he was not
desperate to win at all costs,
saying that the constituents
would always decide on
“who gets what at any given
Besides, Mr Tilewa
Sijuwade, the candidate of All
Progressives Congress (APC),
expressed satisfaction with
all the electoral processes,
saying that the by-election
had also been peaceful.
He, however, bemoaned the
low turnout of voters, saying
that it was a bad omen for the
electoral process and a clarion
call for political leaders to always intensify public
awareness campaigns in
the lead up to elections.
Meanwhile, MrOlusola
Ayodele, the Commandant
of the Nigeria Security
and Civil Defence Corps
(NSCDC), has described
the whole electoral process
as peaceful.
He said that the byelection
was wellorganised,
while voters
were quite eager to exercise
their franchise, thereby
reducing the chances of
anyone fomenting trouble.