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The National President of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Hon. Alabi Kolade David has said that experience so far aggregated across the rural governance since 1999 till date has proved beyond reasonable doubt that the people are not only getting more attuned and receptive to democratic experiment through the electoral process but are also taking ownership of the system as contemplated in Section 7(1) of the 1999 Constitution as (Amended).
Hon Alabi was speaking in a statement issued by his Abuja Media Office while reacting to the outcome of the last Saturday’s Area Council elections in Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
The National President thanked INEC for conducting and ensuring a rancour-free election and for allowing the wishes of the legitimate beneficiaries of governance at that level to decide who govern them.
He added that declaring the winners of the Council election held on Saturday, as early as Sunday, has further demonstrated the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s determination to continually improve the process in line with international standard best practices.
The ALGON National President on behalf of its National Executive Council (NEC) specifically thanked the FCT Minister, Alhaji Mohammed Musa Bello, for his commitment to enthroning virile FCT through selfless service, respect for rules and his inclusive approach to governance.
He commended all the Returning Officers in the council elections for acting professionally and as unbiased umpire.
Meanwhile, Alabi used the opportunity to congratulate all the winners of the Chairmanship and Councillorship elections in the six area councils in the FCT, attributing their victory to God Almighty and the good people the FCT who defied all odds to elect candidates of their choice.
He urged the winners to extend an olive branch to the losers and be magnanimous in victory to move the FCT forward as a model which other Local Government Areas and Councils in the Country will always envy.
He equally welcomed the Chairmen-elect in the six Area Councils on board the ALGON family, which, according to him, has witnessed some progressive change that is gaining traction.