Ondo elections: We are happy, PDP says

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said it is happy with the performance of its candidate, Olusola Oke, at Saturday’s governorship election held in Ondo State, in which incumbent, Olusegun Mimiko, of the Labour Party was declared winner.

A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, Sunday, said though the PDP was not declared the winner of the election, the Party was happy with the performance of its candidate “who obviously joined the race late.”

Mr. Metuh also commended Mr. Oke and other party faithfuls in the state.  The PDP spokesperson congratulated Mr. Mimiko on his victory.

“While we commend Olusola Oke, his running mate, members and supporters of our party, we wish to also congratulate Olusegun Mimiko on his victory,” the party said.

The PDP however came down hard on opposition Action Congress of Nigeria, saying the result of Ondo election is defeat for “tribalism and narrow political adventurism” which it says are the hallmark of the ACN.

“How better do Nigerians say no to the drum beats of tribalism and political narrowness than what the people of Ondo have just done with their votes? It is a quantum forward leap for those who understand the dangers of  undue manipulation of national diversity for narrow political whims and a huge set back, utter rejection for the champions of ethnic politics,”Mr. Metuh said.

Lessons learnt

The PDP also said the conduct and outcome of the election in Ondo is a lesson for both the party in government and the opposition.

“In spite, another lesson is here for the nation, especially the opposition political parties  to draw from the commitment of our great Party to the full entrenchment of the legacy of free, fair and credible polls,” Mr. Metuh said.

The PDP also said it commends the “unwavering devotion of President Goodluck Jonathan to the cause of democracy,” adding that the president “led the campaign of our Party to Ondo and promised free and fair election. Free and fair election he has once more delivered.”

The Party further commended the Independent National Electoral Commission and the security agencies for the peaceful conduct of the polls, urging them to “learn from any observed loopholes so as to continue improving in future elections.”

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