…Hails commitment of US to democracy
The governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola has assured the United States of America (USA) of free,fair and credible election by APC during the governorship election slated for September 22,2018.
This assurance was made during the visit of the US Consular General Mr John Bray to the campaign office of Alhaji Oyetola in Osogbo.
The Consular-General, who was received by the director general of the campaign Hon Ajibola Famurewa, member house of representatives, the state Commissioner for Information Hon Baderinwa Adelani, Mr Richard Tinubu, Prince Bayo Adeleke, and Alhaji Jamiu Olawumi amongst others at the IleriOluwa Campaign Organisation in Osogbo, the Osun state capital, said he was in the state to know the candidates of all political parties contesting the election.
The Consular-General of the Embassy of the U.S.A in Nigeria, Mr. John Bray called for a free, fair and transparent election.
He disclosed that his visit was meant to show the commitment of the U.S.A to democracy and support its process.
Bray, who disclosed that he had earlier visited the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to assess the situation ahead of the poll, added that knowing the candidates, the process and the players before the election would enable him and his team to know the position of things and write a report for the international community.
The envoy reiterated that the only interest of the US is supporting democracy to increase the quality of elections and not any particular candidate.
The Osun APC candidate in his response assured the visiting US envoy that his party was determined to ensure a free, fair and credible election.
He described the direct primary method adopted by APC to pick its flag bearer as the best, most invaluable for enhanced internal democracy, participatory and cheaper option.
Oyetola noted that it was an innovation that should be replicated across the country.
The APC candidate urged the United States of America to continue to support Nigeria and even do more for the nation’s federating components in many other areas.
He disclosed that State of Osun under Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration has become a model for other states in various sectors of the economy, especially in education, agriculture, health, amongst others