Nigeria’s Democracy “Fast Maturing”, Says Obasanjo

Olusegun-ObasanjoFormer President Olusegun Obasanjo today said that Nigeria’s democracy was fats maturing.

He made the assertion shortly after his accreditation for the governorship and state assembly elections at Ward 11, Unit 22 at Olusomi Compound, Sokori area of Abeokuta South Local Government Area.

Mr. Obasanjo said that although there was a lower voter turnout compared with the presidential and National Assembly polls, the accreditation exercise could still be described as successful.

“Reports getting to me indicate a general low turnout across the nation; however, the exercise has been orderly and peaceful.

“The low turnout is not unusual and should be expected, because people normally show more interest in national elections than the state elections.

“I, however, commend INEC for improving on their last performance because many people who did not have PVCs in this area have now gotten their cards.

“There were apprehensions concerning the polls because of some people beating drums of war; but we thank God for taking control”, he said.

The former president, however, praised Nigerians, saying they should be proud of their electoral performance.

“We have done it for West Africa; we have done it for Africa and we have now done it for ourselves.

“Nigerians can now raise their heads in honour anywhere because there are evidences that our democracy is fast maturing”, he said.