15th July, 2012
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Lagos governor, Raji fashola and his Oyo state counterpart, Abiola Ajimobi have all rejoiced with Governor Adams Oshiomhole on his electoral success, winning a second term in the election held yesterday.
Abubakar in a statement said that democracy as expressed in the unfettered will of the people to choose their leader is the greatest winner in the weekend governorship election in Edo State that saw the re-election of Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
He said the decision of the people of Edo State to re-elect governor Oshiomhole is a clear confirmation that the people are satisfied with the performance of their governor in his first term in office.
Atiku said that it is becoming increasingly clear that Nigerians are ready to take full advantage of democracy as a system of representative government following the way in which the election was monitored by Nigerians via the social media platforms.
He commended the people of Edo State for the discipline and tolerance they had exhibited in expressing their choice in the election.
“The way and manner the people of Edo State conducted themselves at the polling booths in weekend’s governorship election has further bolstered my confidence that democracy has indeed come to stay in Nigeria,” Atiku said.
While also commending the candidate of his own ruling PDP, Major General Charles Airhiavbere (rtd) for making himself available as a formidable democratic alternative in the Edo election, the former Vice President noted that the loss in Edo State should be taken in good faith as it was never a do-or-die affair, in the first place.
He said that the Edo loss is not a referendum on the PDP, as some may want to posit, but offers unique opportunity for the ruling party to reflect on the way forward.
He said it is imperative more than ever before, for the PDP to retool the ruling party as the only viable platform for achieving the socio-political and economic aspirations of all Nigerians.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State also congratulated Edo State governor Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, over his re-election as governor, saying it was a well-deserved victory.
Governor Ajimobi said Oshiomhole’s landslide victory at the poll was an appreciation of his outstanding performance in the last four years by the people of Edo State adding that the triumph was a demonstration of the love the people of the state had for him and CAN.
According to the governor, Oshiomhole’s victory is victory for democracy and good governance noting, “It is a victory that every lover of good governance must applaud as we are doing in Oyo State. With his victory, Governor Oshiomhole has become a classical example of reward for performance. His is a well-deserved victory and he is a pride to our great party, CAN”.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), also congratulated Governor Adams Oshiomhole for his overwhelming victory in Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State, expressing joy that the concept of the Social Contract in governance was beginning to make an impact on the Nigerian people.
Governor Fashola told newsmen in an interview, during an inspection of the State’s urban regeneration projects in Obalende and Apapa, that the victory of Governor Oshiomhole was a demonstration of the peoples’ value for the Social Contract as kept by the Governor adding that it was not a question of whether or not Oshiomhole would win the election but by what margin.
“For too long, our people have suffered bad governance. The Social Contract is beginning to make its impact. You remember when I went to Edo State; I was talking about the Social Contract. We have seen it here in Lagos, we have seen it in Edo, and we have seen it in Ogun, Oyo, Osun and Ekiti. People have replaced Governments that hadn’t worked for them”, the Governor said.
The Governor said the victory of Governor Oshiomhole and the Action Congress of Nigeria in Edo State, in spite of all the political bickering of the old order in the State, speaks eloquently to the change that is sweeping through the country.