The Minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said that the All Progressive Congress led Federal Government deserves commendation and not condemnation for the conduct of last Saturday’s Governorship Election in Osun State.
Lai Mohammed said this today at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos. He said that it was because the APC-led Federal Government provided a good atmosphere that the election went peacefully.
Lai said that contrary to insinuations that the Federal Government influenced the results of the election, the government remained unbiased throughout the conduct of the election and thus deserved to be congratulated.
He said it was not the first time the Country would witness a rerun: “You see people have very short memory. I must tell you they exhibit a lot of ignorance. How many people remember today that in 2015, the governorship election in Kogi State was suspended even when the APC was leading with over 90,000 votes?
“And there were reruns ordered in about 90 polling units or so. So what happened in Osun has nothing to do with whether APC was winning or not winning or it is in government. It is the prerogative of the Independent National Electoral Commission to decide whether an election is concluded or not”, Lai Mohammed said.
Lai Mohammed emphasised that the Buhari-led administration believed in the Rule of Law, stressing that if same scenario had been four years ago, the PDP would have declared its candidate the winner of the election.
He refuted the claim that what happened in Osun State was an indication that the APC was out of favour with the masses, reminding the people that every election was unique in its own way.
“At times, we are a bit shallow in our assessment. If there is an election and APC has just a margin of 353 votes and you said APC had lost heavily, you should learn to look at context. Two, this is an election that was very peaceful, highly competed for, even though the APC had control of all the state institutions, we refused to abuse them”, Lai Mohammed said.