The Nigeria Labour Congress has commended President Goodluck Jonathan, and the Independent National Electoral Commission for conducting what it described as a free, and credible election in Ondo State.
The organisation also hailed security agencies for the impartial manner in which they carried out their responsibilities during the election.
The NLC’s position was contained in an electronic mail signed by its acting General Secretary of the Congress, Mr. Emma Ugboaja on Monday.
Ugboaja, who commended the Ondo citizenry for creating a conducive atmosphere for the poll, added that INEC had been able to demonstrate through the election that it could conduct free and fair elections.
He said the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, had demonstrated unflinching commitment to the conduct of elections that could be adjudged to be free, and credible, which he added, was the key to democratic growth in the country.
Ugboaja praised the President for fulfilling his promise to ensure that the election in the state was not rigged.
The conduct of the elections in Edo and Ondo states, he said, gave hope for good governance in the country.
“…While we congratulate Dr. Mimiko as the candidate, we believe the people of Ondo State who conducted themselves peacefully before, during and after the election deserve a lot of commendation. Their conduct encouraged an atmosphere conducive for a free and fair election.”
However, Ugboaja called on the President to make bold to ensure a full implementation of the recommendations of the Justice Mohammed Uwais Committee on Electoral reforms, which he said would deepen democracy in the country.
He urged politicians to change their methods of politicking as the era of electoral fraud: rigging, stuffing of votes and other acts of manipulations were over.