We heartily congratulate the Governor -Elect of Edo State and APC gubernatorial candidate in the September 28, 2016 keenly contested elections, Mr. Godwin Nosaghenese Obaseki.
We are convinced based on monitoring reports at our disposal that Obaseki fought a good battle and earned a good victory with the active backing of members, leaders and stakeholders on our great party led by Gov. Adams Oshiomhole.
We thank the good people f Edo State for trouping out without losing interest, despite an 18-day postponement of the polls for security concerns, seizing the moment and ensuring that power remained with the electorate to be exercised in the interest of the state.
We urge victorious Obaseki to begin the process of total reconciliation within the fold of our structures in Edo State, even as we look forward to the choice of capable men and women to help him achieve the twin campaign goals of industrializing Edo State and empowering the people economically.
We have tremendous respect for democracy and the bill of rights contained d in the constitution of the federal Republic of Nigeria. To that extent we recognize the right of any group to rejoice and another to protest, even when there is nothing genuine to protest as the nation witnessed one of the freest nd fairest election in he nation in recent times, raising hope for further incremental changes in the conduct of elections in the country.
We commend the security agencies for rising up to the occasion, securing the state and ensuring that the process went on smoothly.
We commend INEC for a good attempt and a successful conduct, but acknowledge that there is room for improvement. The accreditation hiccups recorded by journalist s and the commotion recorded as a n extension of that at the INEC state collation centre, which was indeed too small for such an event are avoidable.
The simultaneous accreditation and voting mode saved a lot of time, but the new challenges of posed by the method should be fine-tuned and perfected for future elections, even as we urge continuous voter education on the part of INEC.
We commend the 18 losers in the election for their comportment and mature conduct and trust that they would in their earliest convenience extend send their congratulations to the clear winner of the election Mr. Obaseki.
In the unlikely event of going to the tribunal against the conduct of this superb election, we trust that only an orderly assemblage of evidence and martial of case (s) in the election tribunals on the part of litigants and professional adjudication with only justice in iew on the part of judicial offices will prevail.
We urge the people of Edo State to continue to appraise information received with intelligence, even when the aim is to misinform.. In this wise we condemn the false statement made by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu the PDP candidate in the election on Silverbird 93.7fm Benin City in the throes of the election last Wednesday that Gov Adewunmi Ambode of Lagos State and Gov. Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna State where in Edo State during the election, when both were nowhere near the state and one of them was abroad. .
We note that even though there are no constitutional barrier to the attendance of Ambode, who was the Chairman of the APC National Committee on Edo State election, and El Rufai, facts are sacred ad those who seek to occupy positions of responsibility ought to respect this and not mislead their people to wrong-headed actions. It is our fervent prayers that the next APC administration which will run for November 12, 20016 to November 11, 2020 will be a successful one and will open the doors for resounding victories of APC in the next gubernatorial elections in Ondo and Anambra States.
For: ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC)
State Publicity Secretary