If there are still sceptics out there about President Buhari’s sincerity in bringing positive change in governance and the conduct of government officials, the Osun governorship election that has just been declared inconclusive is major testimony to his success.
Imagine if the PDP were the ruling Party, presiding over the election and there was early indication that the result would be too close with the possibility for a rerun. Would it allow it to come to that? The answer is plane no!
Forget about the 2015 presidential elections which the then incumbent conceded, got hailed and later openly regretted. The truth is GEJ had no choice, but to give in because the margin of victory was too wide – a gap of 2,571,759 votes to be precise.
The point here is that if the PDP were to preside over the elections in both Ekiti and Osun, it would have declared its candidates winners. INEC officials and security agents would have carried the day for it. We all remembered how Fayose won his last term in office – APC monitors and officials were completely barred from entering Ekiti and those already inside remained under house arrest, while they conducted the dubious election.
The Nation must give credit to President Muhammadu Buhari for allowing free and fair elections in Ekiti and now Osun. He promised us change, and we have certainly seen the change. He could have ordered the deployment of soldiers and other security personnel to enforce an APC win, but no thank you. He is a man of his word and a true democrat.
The president has so far surpassed all expectations and broke records in ensuring that democracy thrives. He leads by example and is the only incumbent number one citizen in history to ever throw his fate open for party members to decide whether he desrves a second term or not through direct primary.
With that, he has set the leadership bar very high. No politician who champions indirect primaries could ever hope to be elected as presidential candidate under APC in future. Because it expose them as weak and afraid to face even their own party electorates.
That is why I also doff my hat to the Party leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for advocating direct primary mode of election for his dear state, Lagos. He has taken after the President and both are loved and respected by party stalwarts as well as Nigerians. They are a breed apart from the rest of the political flock.