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Lanre Banjo Congratulates Amosun

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The governorship candidate of the National Conscience Party (NCP) in Ogun State, Ogbeni Lanre Banjo, has congratulated the governor-elect  and candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Senator Ibikunle Amosun, over his victory in the Tuesday April 26 gubernatorial election in the state.

Ogbeni Banjo chose the moment to advise Senator Amosun to focus on people-oriented programmes that will meet the yearnings and aspirations of the Ogun State people.

He also encouraged the governor-elect to work tirelessly in solving huge developmental and human problems yet unsolved by various administrations in the state, especially poor education, low quality healthcare, unemployment, bad roads, insecurity and poor infrastructure.

Commenting on the electoral process, the NCP governorship candidate commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his refusal to overtly twist the arm of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega. "The credit for the success of the election goes first to the President for he has the power to fire Jega if he refused to tow his line, but chose to allow him conduct the elections as he saw fit" Ogbeni Banjo also commended Professor Jega for a good performance, achieved through  boldness and commitment to principle.

He, however, cautioned Nigerians not to mislead Jega by giving overwhelming credit without pointing out weaknesses in the electoral system. "Yes, the election is fair to those who distributed money at the polling booths and a day before election. Yes, the election is transparent, as money was openly distributed. I had to invite soldiers to my ward to halt the distribution of money."

While financial inducement was not  Jega doing, lawmakers need to enact laws that  would discourage this act and empower the police to make arrest for violation, Banjo added. Police authrities, Ogbeni Banjo continued, also need to make communication gadgets available to police officers to enhance logistics. "For example, the police in my polling booth was helpless when access to her DPO was not possible either  through a police gadget or a personal phone. These little problems tinker with the fairness and credibility of the election," Ogbeni Banjo noted. 


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Since the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Lanre Banjo has metamorphosed from a mere observer to an active participant in the political life of Nigeria. Read More
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