The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured that it would continue to improve on the conduct of free, fair and credible elections in the country.
INEC National Commissioner, Adedeji Soyebi, gave the assurance when he presented Certificate of Return to the winner of the Osun West Senatorial bye-election, Ademola Adeleke, at INEC headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday.
INEC on Sunday declared Adeleke of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, the winner of the bye-election held in 10 local government areas of the Senatorial District.
The winner, who is the younger brother of the late Isiaka Adeleke, polled 97,480 votes to defeat former Sen. Mudashiru Hussein of the APC, who scored 66,116 votes.
Soyebi advised citizens to always create the enabling environment for peaceful elections for the commission.
He commended the people of Osun West for their peaceful conduct during and after the Saturday election, saying that they have set precedence for Nigeria election.
“I must commend the people of Osun South West for the way and manner they conducted themselves in the election.
“They conducted themselves in a peaceful, friendly and ideal atmosphere for elections. They have set a role model or standard for others to emulate.
“The people of Osun have shown us how elections should be conducted,” he said.
Soyebi said that if the citizens conduct themselves in peaceful way as the people of Osun West did, the work of the commission would be easier.
He thereafter presented the certificate of return to Adeleke.
Responding, Adeleke commended INEC for conducting the election in a free, fair and credible manner.