President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State on his victory in Saturday’s governorship election.
The President’s goodwill to the All Peoples Congress, APC, candidate came even as the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, his own party, rejected the result of the governorship election.
Jonathan commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and security agencies for ensuring that the elections were conducted in a free, fair, credible and peaceful manner.
This is contained in a statement by the special assistant to the President, Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati on Sunday.
President Jonathan also commended the people of Osun State who exercised their democratic right to vote and for the large turnout.
He expressed the belief 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..,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, the PDP has rejected the result of the election, alleging fraudulent activities.
The party’s spokesman, Bola Ajao, at the collation of results refused to endorse the summary sheets which indicates acceptance of the results.
He said the PDP had already forwarded a list of its grievances against the conduct of the election to INEC.
Ajao stressed that his party would explore every necessary step to seek redress.