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Osun APC’s Primary Election: A model For Other States, Political Parties- ADAPHAI

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….Commends Gov Oyetola For Being Peaceful Despite Provocation

A non-governmental organization, Advocacy for Advancement of Peace & Harmony in Africa Initiative (ADAPHAI) has adjudged the All Progressives Congress’ primary election of Saturday as peaceful and orderly.

ADAPHAI, an independent observer during the exercise asserted that the process was strictly in line with electoral guidelines and democratic ethos.

Addressing a press conference in Osogbo, the state capital, on Saturday evening, the National Coordinator of the group, Comrade Sulaimon Suberu, averred that the process allowed every member of the party to exercise franchise in the atmosphere of peace.

”On the primary election of All Progressives Congress, APC, of today, the preponderant reports from the 332 wards monitored by our officials adjudged the process as peaceful and orderly.

“The pattern of conduct of the process was credible and in line with democratic ethos and electoral guidelines.

“The turnout of members of the party was massive and participation was active and encouraging, every member was given opportunities to exercise their franchise without any form of intimidation.

“All in all, the process of the APC Primary election in Osun State was free, fair and democratic, it is indeed a model for other states and other political parties”, Suberu said.

The Peace Advocate however condemned the activities of some politicians in the state, in the count down to the Saturday’s exercise, describing it as divisive and vindictive.

He also frowned at what he called a reckless display of power by a political appointee of the Federal Government from the State, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly call the individual to order to prevent further infraction.

Suberu, eulogized the peaceful nature of the Governor of the State, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, noting that he has been very calm in the face of provocation.

According to him”, We have been monitoring political events in Osun for many years with satisfactory knowledge and understanding of the inherent dynamics in it’s polity.

“The recent political development in the state has put Osun on the front burner of national debate and political discourse.

“As a leading organization with mandate to promote good governance and political stability through propagation of peaceful co-existence and non-violent culture, we considered it paramount to do a thorough intervention in the state for the purpose of ensuring peaceful political process.

“It is a known fact that the state by all standards remains a peaceful federating unit, arguably the most peaceful.

“Meanwhile, the capacity to sustain that feat solely rests on leadership, it is on that note that we commend the Governor of the State, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, for his peaceful nature and maturity to remain calm irrespective of degree of provocation”.

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