An independent monitoring group, under the aegis of Forum of Election Observers Groups, has declared that the outcome of the Governorship and House of Assembly elections in Ogun State, largely reflects the opinion of the vast majority of residents in line, with the assessment of various stakeholders, including local observers.
The Coordinator of the group, comrade Ayodeji Ologun, who stated this at a media briefing in Ikeja, Lagos, this Thursday, expressed a vote of confidence in the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC over the conduct and the results of the election
According to Ologun: as a group, it observed the 2023 Presidential, National Assembly, Governorship and State Assembly elections and wish to state, that the results as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), during the last Governorship and State Assembly election, were consistent with its parallel vote tabulation results estimates.
Mr ologun submitted that while several complaints have arisen, as a result of the eventual outcome of the elections, particularly, last Saturday’s governorship and State House of Assembly elections, the electoral umpire has done a good job in ensuring that the whole process is free,fair and credible
The March 18 Governorship and State House of Assembly elections, according to the coordinator, witnessed a significant improvement in the performance of the INEC, and this has no doubt, impacted positively on the eventual outcome of the election.
Mr Ologun stressed that the clarification became necessary considering the series of reports and agitations, so far generated, by the outcome of the last Saturday’s elections, and negative reports being attributed to it by some politically exposed interests.
The group maintained that various organisations for instance, had observers deployed to observe the governorship and house of Assembly elections in Ogun State, which also embarked on a conscious effort to monitor and collate results of the elections
The official results announced by INEC, into the Governorship position and House of Assembly seats, he noted were consistent with the group’s Vote Tabulation results estimates adding that the results also reflect the votes cast at the polling units and the general interest of the people of Ogun State.
The Forum of Election Observers Groups, were among the 146,913 observers accredited by INEC, to Observe the 2023 general elections.