The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has advised politicians in Kwara State to emulate the political maturity of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who said that winners of the just concluded general elections in the state were not his enemies.
INEC National Commissioner, Alhaji Mohammed Haruna, made the call during the presentation of Certificates of Return to state Governor-elect, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, and 24 elected members of the State House of Assembly held at INEC office, Ilorin.
Haruna commended the people of the state for the peaceful elections.
Appealing to the governor-elect not to see members of the opposition as his enemies, the INEC chief said the new administration should “Emulate the political maturity of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who on behalf of all others that lost in the election, said the winners are not his enemies.”
He, however, called on the opposition to criticise constructively, saying that, “you should criticise the speech, but respect the speaker.”
In his remarks, Governor-elect of the state, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, promised to run an all-inclusive government that would include members of the opposition.
“This state belongs to all. We don’t see anybody as opposition. It is Kwara for all. All hands must be on deck (to rebuild the state). This is a poor state and a lot of work has to be done. We will embrace everybody.
“When you record a winning margin of 75% as we did, it means that even those on the side of PDP voted for us. So we are going to ensure that we all work together. We are not going to label anybody. There are good people on the other side too,” he said.
“Our members will also be taken care of and our priority will be to rebuild our state. We need to get everyone together for the task ahead and move our state forward. We have a big task ahead of us but we will surmount the challenges ahead by the grace of God. Once again, we thank everyone who took part in the elections — either as officials or as voters.”
Abdulrazaq also commended the electoral body, the security agencies and the voters for their patriotic roles while the exercise lasted.
He rated the elections in Kwara as the most peaceful and orderly and commended the security agencies for checkmating thuggery and potential violence in the state