Hammed Shittu in Ilorin
Despite the hues and cries over the conduct of last elections in Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) National Commissioner in charge of Kogi, Kwara and Niger State, Prof. Sanni Muhammed Adam (SAN), yesterday said the exercise would go down in history as one of the finest elections ever conducted in Nigeria.
Adam, however, described the exercise as peaceful, especially in Kwara State.
He stated this in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, yesterday during the presentation of certificate of return to the state Governor, Alhaji AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq; his deputy, Mr. Kayode Alabi; the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Yakubu Salihu- Danladi, and other members-elect in the state.
He said: “The elections that brought about this success will go down in history as one of the finest ever conducted in Nigeria.
“We are proud to say so unequivocally because it was not only successful but very peaceful.”
Prof Adam, however, congratulated the reelected governor of the state, his deputy, and all the House of Assembly members-elect present for their victories.
Also speaking after receiving his certificate of return, Governor AbdulRazaq pledged to remain just as responsive and empathetic to the yearnings of Kwarans as he has always been.
AbdulRazaq also said: “In the next four years, we plan to see through our legacy projects and reforms across different sectors.
“This certificate represents the collective decision of our people to push forward our agenda for sustainable development in Kwara State.
“It symbolises their trust in our efforts to build a state in which everyone has equal stakes. I do not take this trust for granted.”
The governor added: “I am reassuring our people that our government will continue to be empathetic, inclusive, and responsive as our resources permit. In the next four years, we plan to see
through our legacy projects and reforms across different sectors.
“Beyond building physical infrastructure, I believe that Kwara State requires a new thinking that not only protects the dignity of the human person but also guarantees sustainable growth.
“We need everyone to make this happen, irrespective of where we stand in politics or faith.
“I thank everyone for their roles in making today a reality. I am grateful to our traditional and religious institutions, civil servants, party leaders and members, artisans and professionals, students, security agencies, electoral umpire, and indeed the public. This mandate represents your trust in our ability to do our ability to do much more.”