The Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) sincerely and wholeheartedly congratulates the good, dynamic and progressive people of Edo state for their resoluteness and doggedness in exercising their franchise and ensuring that it prevailed in the gubernatorial elections of July 14, 2012 which produced a winner in the person of Comrade Adams Oshiomole of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).
While acknowledging that the election was not without some noted hiccups such as, in its character, INEC lateness in arrival of election materials, missing and void voters register, haphazard deployment of security personnel which resulted in their presence in some areas and total absence in other areas, the elections was generally orderly and peaceful.
We are however gladdened by the fact that despite all the hiccups, threats of intimidation and manipulative tactics of the enemies of democracy to supplant the peoples will, they were completely overwhelmed by the resoluteness of the people to make their votes count and which counted. The Edo people by this courageous conduct have once again giving credence to the fact that there is no force on earth that can withstand the peoples will, because the voice of the people is the voice of God.
CPPM wants to use this medium to commend the personnel of the fourth estate of the realm, the media for their indefatigable role in ensuring that democracy takes root in Nigeria by their exemplary coverage of this election. We also want to acknowledge the patriotic and unbiased role of our security agencies in performing their constitutional functions. We as well commend the personnel of INEC and the adhoc staffs comprising members of the NYSC for a job well done. To you all, we say a big thank you and God’s continued blessings in your endeavours.
While celebrating this victory as a triumph of the peoples will, we want to admonish Governor elect Adams Oshiomole to rededicate himself to selfless service to the good people of Edo state for posterity sake. However, in the euphoria of this celebration, we wish to express our heartfelt condolences to the families of the INEC staff and security agencies who lost their lives in the discharge of their constitutional duties, we say to the families that the dead did not die in vain because they will forever be remembered as heroes of our democracy.
Long live democracy,
Long live the good people of Edo state.