Ahead of the September 22 governorship election in Osun State, the Consular-General of the Embassy of the United States of America (U.S.A) in Nigeria, Mr. John Bray, has called for a free, fair and transparent election.
The Consular-General, who was received by the director general of the campaign Hon Ajibola Famurewa, member house of representatives, the state Commissioner for Information Hon Baderinwa Adelani, Commissioner for science and technology Hon Remi Omowaiye, Mr Richard Tinubu, Prince Bayo Adeleke, and Alhaji Jamiu Olawumi amongst others at the IleriOluwa Campaign Organisation in Osogbo, the Osun state capital, said he was in the state to know the candidates of all political parties contesting the election.
He disclosed that his visit was meant to show the commitment of the U.S.A to democracy and support its process.
Bray, who disclosed that he had earlier visited the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to assess the situation ahead of the poll, added that knowing the candidates, the process and the players before the election would enable him and his team to know the position of things and write a report for the international community.
The envoy reiterated that his country the United States of America’s only interest is supporting democracy to increase the quality of elections and not any particular candidate.
The Osun APC candidate in his response assured the visiting US envoy that his party was determined to ensure a free, fair and credible election.
He described the direct primary method adopted by APC to pick its flag bearer as the best, most invaluable for enhanced internal democracy, participatory and cheaper option.
Oyetola noted that it was an innovation that should be replicated across the country.
The APC candidate urged the United State of America to continue to support Nigeria and even do more for the nation’s federating components in many other areas.
He disclosed that Osun State under the Rauf Aregbesola administration had become a model for other states in various sectors of the economy, especially in education, agriculture, health, amongst others.