Hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission declared Adams Oshiomhole of the Action Congress of Nigeria winner of Saturday’s Edo governorship election, the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party remains at a loss on how to react to the outcome of the election.
Contacted a while ago, party officials say they were still studying the election results before admitting failure or otherwise.
The publicity Secretary of PDP in the state, Matthew Urhokhide, said, the party will scrutinise details of the results issued by the Independent National Electoral Commisssion before taking an official stand.
“We want to see how we can first take a closer look at the field results before making an official statement,” he said.
But while the party authorities are still dilly dallying on the matter, some members of the party in the state have began accepting defeat publicly.
Martin Osakwe, a top member of the party who served as an agent at the state collation centre, publicly congratulated the winner shortly after the election results were announced by INEC.
“As a person (individual), I congratulate the declared winner,” Mr Osakwe said.
“The party hierarchy will make a formal statement later,” he added.
The Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen, also a senior member of the party in the state left the state shortly after the results were annouced saying he had done his best by casting his vote.
“As an Edo citizen, I have performed my duty in the election by voting’’, Onolememen told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday morning.
“The election has been concluded and I am already out of Edo, returning to Abuja,” he told the news agency.
He added that only the candidate, Charles Airhiarvbere, and the party would bare their minds over the outcome of the election.
Telephone calls made to Mr. Airhiarvbere mobile phone indicated it was switched off Sunday morning.
Residents of the state and supporters of the incumbent governor, Mr. Oshiomhole, have been celebrating the results.
Jubilant supporters in Benin defied the moring rain to celebrate the victory of the party after ther results were announced.
The party’ secretariat at Airport Road was over taken by jubilant supporters singing and dancing local Bini victory songs while the rain poured.