The Senate yesterday declared that respect for the will of the people remains the recipe for a sound and enduring democracy in Nigeria.
In a congratulatory message to Governor Adams Oshiomhole on his re-election, Senate spokesman, Enyinnaya Abaribe, said that the Senate believed that success of the poll was a signpost that the principles of democracy was fast being entrenched in the people’s consciousness.
In a statement issued in Abuja, Abaribe said the Senate was thrilled at the outcome of the election and its manifest reflection of respect for the sanctity of people’s will and their appreciation of outstanding performance of the incumbent governor.
“Senate is particularly happy at the peaceful conduct, massive turnout of the Edo voters, respect for their preference and the performance of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in ensuring fairness and transparency during the election.
“Senate is happy that the victory of Governor Oshiomhole is a true testament that the electorate are ever alert and will ever recognise and reward good work.
Meanwhile, three state governors, Babatunde Fashola (Lagos); Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) and Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) have congratulated their Edo State counterpart, Comrade Oshiomole, over his victory on Saturday’s governorship polls, which returned him to his seat as governor of Edo State for another four-year term.
Fashola, who spoke with journalists shortly after inspecting the task force clean-up enforcement in Apapa and Obalende areas, noted that Oshiolmole’s victory was never in doubt, and said it was a sweet victory for the nation’s democracy and the social contract on which democracy finds its voice.
“For too long, our people have suffered bad governance,” he said. “The social contract is beginning to make its impact. It was not whether Oshiomole will win; it was by what margin”.
Also, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar said that democracy, as that expressed in the unfettered will of the people to choose their leader, was the greatest winner in weekend governorship election in Edo State that saw the re-election of Governor Oshiomhole.
The former Vice President made the assertion yesterday in Abuja while congratulating Oshiomhole on his re-election.
Atiku, in a statement by his media office in Abuja yesterday, said the decision of the people of Edo State to re-elect Oshiomhole was a clear confirmation that the people were satisfied with his performance in his first term in office.