The Chairman SDP Nigeria Emeritus, Ambassador Oke Idawene has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission for the conduct of the election in Isoko South in Delta State.
He made the declaration while briefing Journalists in Abuja.
According to him, the electoral body did a good job by ensuring that there was no rigging during the elections in Delta state.
“I can say categorically that the election was free and fair. For the first time in my life, I went for an election where the collation officer of the center was not known before the commencement of the election. The voting pattern was quite clear, and there was no shortage of vote, and the voting pattern was quite genuine”.
He further urged INEC to ensure that the upcoming elections in Anambra state are free and fair without any disturbance or hitch, while also supporting the electoral body to engage in electronic voting.
“It is time for us to practice electronic collation of results, only then are we going to get genuine results. I also want the National assembly members to support electronic voting. It is our duty to all stand behind INEC, and do the right thing. We want to have a country where we can all be proud of our political trajectory. We want to have a situation where our vote counts”.
Speaking further, he added that the Social Democratic Party is not for zoning of Presidency, but rather believe that the competent person should come on board.
“We want to elect a leader who is first a Nigerian both in body and in the spirit so that at the end of the day, we can say that the country is moving forward and not backward. Enough of the laughing stock, and enough of the retrogression. We believe in excellence, and it is a collective responsibility”.