“False, unfair & uncharitable” | Is GEJ congratulating Aregbesola or ‘subbing’ him?

by Isi Esene

 

President Goodluck Jonathan has reacted to the victory of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in the elections which tool place yesterday in the South west state of Osun. But he said so much more. So much more.

First, Jonathan congratulated Aregbesola on his victory and also took time to commend the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and national security agencies “for ensuring that the elections were free.”

In a statement signed by Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Jonathan threw a jab at critics who opposed the heavy military presence in the state leading to the election.

“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,” he said.

Read the full text of his message below:

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

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

President Jonathan also applauds the people of Osun State who came out en masse yesterday in all the local government areas of the state to peacefully and freely exercise their democratic right, trusting in his assurance that all necessary measures would be taken to ensure their safety and the sanctity of their votes.

The President  believes  that the free, fair and peaceful conduct of the elections have fully reaffirmed his administration’s determination  to positively reform Nigeria’s electoral processes.

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.

As Governor Aregbesola prepares to begin a second term in office, President Jonathan looks forward to continuing to work with him and other state governors to further improve the living conditions of Nigerians in Osun and other states of the country.

He wishes Governor Aregbesola continued good health and  a successful second term in office.

Of course, you will remember that Aregbesola did in fact condemn the federal government’s conduct in these elections just today.

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