As prominent personalities are volunteering comments and remarks on the February 25 Presidential and National Assemblies’ elections, Paramount Ruler of Iwo land, Osun State, His Imperial Majesty (HIM) Oba (Dr.) Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, Telu I, has also made public his own thought on the exercise.
In a press statement he signed personally and read out to the newsmen, the cerebral monarch expressed his confidence in President Muhammadu Buhari’s ability to unite the country and leave an everlasting legacy that would last long and become a reference point for generations yet unborn.
“I must register my trust in Nigeria and her distinctive leaders mostly President Muhammad Buhari, whose commitment to democratic value is lifting our hope. This general election, in my own reasonable assessment, is the best legacy of all achievements of his Excellency, Muhamadu Buhari,” the monarch stated emphatically.
Speaking further, the ancient King, who informed that, at his age, he has witnessed and participated in several elections however confessed that, “for the first time in my lifetime, I’m seeing the hope for the Nigerian democracy where the son of nobody is giving the opportunity to get elected.”
Continuing, Oba Oluwo said he read the story of that man (an Okada man) of Labour Party (LP) in Kaduna, “the state of the outspoken Governor Ahmad El-Rufai, who got elected as a federal legislator without knowing anybody while the former acting party chairman of APC and Governor of Yobe State, Mala Buni, lost to another party in his own state!” adding, I also read the story of Lagos State, the headquarters of Batists where the Obi of the moment won convincingly.
“I was privy to Benue where a seating governor lost his Senatorial ticket. Katsina, the home of the President won by opposition party. Nothing else should amaze you most than the APC party chairman, Senator Adamu Abdullahi’s loss at his polling unit to an opposition candidate and Osun State, where the first interim party chairman of APC lost to the PDP!”
These and many others, according to Telu 1, have reinvigorated the hope in the helpless masses who thought they can’t be politically relevant without some people, praising Buhari for successfully challenging the old order and strengthening the democratic awareness that gives hope to the hopeless a record nobody in the history of Nigeria has ever had.
The grievances in few places, the Monarch declared are sentimental which is understandable and unavoidable. He spoke further thus:
“Permit me to commend the electoral umpires from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Mahmud Yakub, the collation officers for each state, the states Residential Electoral Commissioners, INEC Staff, the international observers, corps members and the security operatives. You are all heroes who sacrificed to entrench fairness, credibility and freest election. This is the greatest electoral shocker in history. Prof. Mahmud Yakub is a credible and wise for composing himself in the face of provocation.
“In 2019, Buhari polled 15,191,847 votes, winning in 19 of the states while his main challenger, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party scored 10,782, 007. The improvement of INEC and her regimented voting procedures could contribute to the accredited voters. He has convinced us that Nigeria will be a reference point of democratic ethos. All leakages to inflate the election results were blocked.
“Students of history and objective observers are enjoined to mark and credit our democratic growth. I’m sure the founding fathers who earlier sacrificed for this democracy will be happy in their graves. Most political gladiators were suffocated by INEC fairness, credibility and uprightness.
“One other peculiar characteristic of 2023 presidential election is, it has further cemented the unity of Nigeria. The three leading presidential candidates got convincing votes from the northern and southern Nigeria. That has spoken to the minds of nationalists who cherish our nation. Atiku, Tinubu and Obi are loved in Southern and Northern Nigeria.
“The reasonable, patriotic Nigerians, statesmen, stakeholders, traditional rulers, religious leaders, journalists, opinion leaders and international observers are charged to defend the electoral excellence that gives hope to the common man to become a federal legislator. I’m not saying the election is perfect but it’s the best ever. The elders benefitting from violence should allow us to grow. We are moving and improving. No rational mind should call for war with the objectivity and fairness of INEC. Those who have ruled should juxtapose the election they supervised with this electoral legacy of President Muhammad Buhari. Buhari, you are a super president on this.
“Ladies and gentlemen, every loyal, chauvinistic passionate, faithful and patriotic Nigerians should tell the truth, encourage the electoral umpires (INEC), commend the security operatives and commend the process that gives a challenging electoral victory to our democracy.”
Concluding, Oba Abdur-Rasheed Akanbi therefore appealed to party men with grievances to approach court of law because, according to him, obedience to law and order defines who we are, warning however that, “anyone, who cannot keep the unity of Nigeria, won’t be allowed to destroy Nigeria democracy constructed by the sweat of our founding fathers.”