“The primaries in which you have conducted is a display coming with a robust democratic process that is free and fair”, “I hope for a fair Governorship contest and I am proud and happy that we are building a democratic society;”we are coming to terms with the idea of democratic governance”
This was the statement that is said to have been generated from the Osun state governor Engr Rauf Aregbesola in describing his counterpart form Bayelsa State, Governor Sariake Dickson who doubles as chairman of the electoral panel that conducted the Peoples Democratic Party gubernatorial primaries in the state of Osun where senator Adeleke was declared the winner of that contest when the latter came with his team on courtesy visit to the governor who indeed happens to be their host.
A statement by the special Adviser on media relation Mr fidelis Soriwei obtained from his facebook verified account by urban express news online quoted the Osun state governor as having made the comment while playing the host to Governor Sariake Dickson and other members of the electoral committee in osogbo on Saturday
Aregbesola, who he said monitored the primaries on the television, said that the process of the election signified improvement in the democratic culture in the country.
Soriwei said Aregbesola is anticipating a free and fair Governorship contest in the state on September 22, 2018.
His word, “I respect you, an astute advocate of good governance, as well as the eloquent chief servant. I followed through the live telecast of your primaries.
“We are advancing in the process to build a democratic process. I monitored the primaries on the television. With what I saw, you had a robust process. It was a free, fair and democratic process.”
He said Osun State Governor also said that the APC had also conducted free, fair and credible primaries in readiness for the Governorship election.
He stressed that while it was normal for politicians to bicker on ideology and principle, attention should shift to quality elections.
Aregbesola who thanked the Governor and his team for the visit said that priority should naturally shift to the people, state and country in governance.
Earlier, Governor Dickson told his host that he and his team decided to pay Governor Aregbesola a courtesy visit after the successful election for the conducive environment that prevailed throughout the period of the election.
He said that the environment of peace, stability and the atmosphere of tolerance in Osun contributed to the successful conduct of the primary election in the state.