One of the elements of a truly democratic government is free and fair election because this is the only way by which the interests of the people can be protected and their voices heard. It is a popular saying that, ‘the voice of the people is the voice of God’, hence in any democratic government, free and fair election is an important exercise.
Nigeria is a sovereign and democratic country, the country is however faced with the issue on being able to conduct a free and fair election. Most Nigerians, especially the Westerners believe that the only free and fair election Nigeria ever had was that of June 12, 1993 that was said to have had Moshood Kashimawo Olawale of blessed memory as the winner, but the election was nullified by the then military head of state- Gen. Ibrahim Babaginda, and since then the country has been struggling with conducting a free and fair election.
On this note, Ekiti state 2014 gubernatorial election can be described as that which was devoid of violence and thuggery. This I want to believe is a sign of improvement and integrity on the part of the Independence National Electoral Commission, the election might not necessary be the fairest election, it is however no doubt that it is a sign of hope for Nigeria and Nigerians. It is a sign that Nigeria has not kissed free and fair election goodbye.
It is also noteworthy to bring to our attention the acceptance of Kayode Fayemi- the incumbent governor of Ekiti state, as regards the result of the election. He admitted that the result of the election which declared Ayo Peter Fayose as the governor elect is the voice of the people. Fayemi’s quiet acceptance has been declared by many as heroic, at least court is saved from another post election ‘drama’.
In conclusion, it is therefore not wrong to say that the country is gradually becoming more politically oriented. Nigeria is on her way to conducting free and fair elections in subsequent election exercises. We can therefore that in 2015, our election exercises will be devoid of violence, thuggery and riots.
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