By Cyril Onoka
Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson yesterday said Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) provided a level-playing field in last Saturday’s Osun West Senatorial District’s by-election.
Dickson congratulated his Edo State counterpart, Godwin Obaseki, on the Supreme Court judgment, which affirmed his election victory.
Congratulating Dr Demola Adeleke on his victory in the Osun West by-election, which filled the vacant seat created by the death of his elder brother, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, the governor said the result showed democracy in action.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, the Bayelsa State governor hailed the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for ensuring that the party’s won the election.
He gave kudos to Aregbesola for providing the enabling political environment for the successful conduct of the election.
Dickson said the poll held under the Aregbesola administration was devoid of the “usual high-handedness often exhibited by incumbent governors, especially with access to Federal power”.
The statement said: “For this reason, Dickson expressed the view that the Aregbesola-led APC government in Osun State must be commended for providing a level-playing field to allow the people’s will to prevailý and for not applying desperate measures to ensure that his party won at all cost.”
Dickson said he looked forward to more elections with democratic appeal, adding: “A country or state cannot be truly democratic until its citizens have the opportunity to choose their representatives through elections that are free and fair.”