6th December, 2010
A chieftain of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Otunba Niyi Raheem has backedÂ the new governor of Osun State, Engr. Rauf Aregbesola to deliver the dividends ofÂ democracy to the impoverished people.
Raheem, an ACNÂ House of Representatives aspirant under Agege Constituency said heÂ had every confidence that the Aregbesola-led administration in Osun would bringÂ greater development in the state.
Aregbesola, according to Raheem, is a tested, trusted leader and administrator. â€œIÂ know things can only get better in Osun under the able leadership of this greatÂ democrat, Engr Rauf Aregbesola, and the ACN government has come to stay in Osun,â€ heÂ said.
He urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to take note ofÂ Â recent developments in Osun, Ekiti, Edo and Ondo States where nullification ofÂ fraudulent elections had led to the removal of state governors by the judiciary.
According to him, the judicial interventions that rectified the fraudulent electionsÂ in these states should serve as a lesson to INEC ahead of the 2011 elections.
Raheem said a careful appraisal of the developments in these four states and otherÂ states where poll results had been reversed by the court, would give the ProfÂ Attahiru Jega-led INEC an understanding of the level of rot in the countryâ€™sÂ electoral system.
He stated that the development in Osun State had shown that the truth would alwaysÂ prevail no matter how much it is concealed.
He stressed that the lesson for INEC was that the people have been sufficientlyÂ enlightened and emboldened by the success of some election petitions like that ofÂ Ekiti, Osun, Edo and Ondo States and would not accept any fraudulent results fromÂ the electoral umpire in 2011.
â€œWe thank GodÂ and the judiciary for the return of the stolen mandate of the peopleÂ of Osun State to the rightful owner. But for the court, the PDP-led government wouldÂ have denied the people of Osun their rights. So, it is important for INEC to beÂ vigilant and ensure that all avenues for manipulations of the electoral process inÂ the 2011 election are blocked.â€