ONDO 2012: BOLA ILORI CONGRATULATES ALL; PROMISES TO CONTINUE CHAMPIONING COURSE FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE IN SOUTH WEST.
The Special Adviser to the Osun State Governor on Environmental and Sanitation, Bola Ilori, has alleged that the just-concluded governorship election in Ondo State was not free and fair.
He alleged that the soldiers were biased and molested members of the opposition on the Election Day.
He said in a statement released by his media office that he would continue to champion good governance in the state and south west in general.
The statement reads: “For me, the election has been won and lost. It was not a perfect poll because it was not free and fair. However, life must continue. I will stress the need for us to develop Ondo State, irrespective of the party in power. I congratulate the indigenes of the state for the passion shown and sacrifices made. One must not fail to condemn those who perpetrated violence during the campaigns and election.
“While the police and the State Security Service (SSS) were impartial, the soldiers were biased. INEC would need to be more transparent in the conduct of elections and prevent a situation that was recorded during the poll when people were arrested a day before the election thumb- printing ballot papers for the Labour Party (LP).
“INEC workers were also arrested and arraigned for selling voter cards to the LP. ACN agents were not supplied tags and there were few tags. That was the modernised rigging introduced into the election, as the majority of ACN agents were denied participation on this technical ground.
“I am using this medium to draw the attention of Nigerians to these anomalies. On the whole, winning is good if it doesn’t get to the head, and losing is not too bad if it doesn’t affect the brain. A winner is one who remains focused even when the going gets tough. Therefore, I congratulate the people, I congratulate the parties and I congratulate the winner.”