Jonathan congratulates Aregbesola over Osun election victory

President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State on his victory in Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

To emerge winner of the election contested by 20 political parties, Mr. Aregbesola polled 394,684 votes, winning the highest number of votes in 22 of the 30 Local Government Areas of the state.

His closest challenger, Iyiola Omisore of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP], polled 292,747 votes to come second. He won in eight local government areas.

The candidate of the Labour Party [LP], Fatai Akinbade, received a paltry 8,898 votes to come a distant third.

Mr. Jonathan said the election, preceded by a massive security clampdown and arrests of several political leaders, reaffirmed his commitment to free, fair and peaceful conduct of the elections.

The president commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and national security agencies for ensuring that the elections were free, fair, credible and peaceful in keeping with the avowed commitment of his administration.

Mr. Jonathan also applauded the people of Osun State for going out in large numbers in all the local government areas of the state to peacefully and freely exercise their democratic right.

“The outcome of the election has also given the lie to the false, unfair and uncharitable allegations that measures put in place by the federal government for the Ekiti and Osun State elections were partisan and designed to achieve a favourable outcome for his party,” a Reuben Abati, a spokesperson for the president, said in a statement.

Mr. Jonathan said he will continue to work with Mr. Aregbesola in his second term to develop Osun State, and wished the governor continued good health and a successful second term in office.


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  • Okache

    Nice Mr. President.

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    If Mr. President is indeed desirous of working with Mr. Aregbesola over the coming years, he should first address the circa 40% reduction in funds to Osun State.

  • Ayemi

    This is a real politician. Was he not the same Jonathan who went to Ile-Ife to give an assurance to ooni that omisore would surely win the Osun election? This man does not have respect for his position at all.

    • Shrekker

      What’s your problem? You want him to be angry that Aregbesola won? Politics is working together no matter what party anyone belongs to, for the betterment of the people of Nigeria. That’s what he has done. It is even honorable of him to congratulate the winner despite him (Aregbesola) not being a member of his party.

  • Datti

    When did this double speak man become the friend of Paul?

  • Islam Isalie

    This just proved that muslims are liars and islam is a religion of lies.

    Where did this muslim get his story? Sadly the blind followers of the evil religion don’t bother to research for themselves and believe lies like this.

    The irony is it’s the muslims who are killing Christians and Jews.