I tried but couldn’t stop Anambra people voting for ‘highest bidder’ — UPP candidate, Chidoka

Osita Chidoka, the UPP candidate, arrived his polling unit 030 at Central School 3 at 9.55am, but the officials at the unit just started setting up.

Osita Chidoka, the United Progressive Party (UPP) governorship candidate in Anambra State, has accepted defeat in Saturday’s election.

“I have accepted defeat in the Anambra governorship election even as result is still being announced by the INEC,” Mr. Chidoka, a former Minister of Aviation, said in a statement Sunday.

Mr. Chidoka said he lost because he would not play the usual money politics.

“Our campaign attracted the finest and brightest of Anambra.

“The bold and the courageous were with us as we exerted our best in running the most robust issue-based and technology-driven campaign in the history of our dear state.

“We attempted to change the course of events and chart a new beginning for our state.

“We believed and we dared; we engaged with all patriotic vigour as we held strongly that the long awaited time for our people to experience a new opportunity had come and we laboured for it.

“In all, our focus was the people; the forgotten, the poor and the disadvantaged.

“They were the prime impetus for our involvement. We beheld their agony and we strived to redirect and vent that energy through a genuine political process,” he said.

He said the the UPP heard the complaints of the people and worked to redirect them from the streets to the ballot box.

Mr. Chidoka said the he rejected god-fatherism and money politics and made personal sacrifices with small donations and goodwill of a few good men and women.

He said his campaign remained issues-based, adding that he did not attack anybody before, during and after the campaigns.

“But from the ballots, we heard the voice of our people. We heard it loud and clear.

“On November 18 our people announced strongly their rejection of politicians.

“They traded their votes because they doubted we would truly represent their interest.

“While our message resonated with the people they doubted that the political class cared about them. They voted for the highest bidder.”

Mr. Chidoka said that as at Thursday, a large percentage of his supporters insisted that they would not vote unless he brought money.

According to him, “I insisted we will not pay for votes. The decision not to pay ended our good run.

“We accept the voters’ decision. We also heard our people by their turnout and transactional approach.

“In all, we hold our heads high; high because we did not lose the poll due to paucity of ideas or lack of “structure”.

“We lost to superior financial firepower. As Democrats, we concede to the voters’ choices.

“The true hallmark of democracy is the respect for the voice of the ballot as that of the majority,” Mr. Chidoka said.

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  • Suleiman Alatise

    Grammar alone doesn’t win election anywhere.

  • Aremu Mathew Okikiolu

    I hope he learns! When IPOB rants at Buhari, who lost trice, he is better placed to tell others! Nice attempt, but he’s got to learn quickly!!!

  • zimuzor

    He was not a contender. He anchored his campaign on the youth not knowing that young men would rather watch premiership matches than going out to vote. Filling the airwaves with grammar no longer impresses anybody.

  • Fada4Life

    Who will waste his vote on him mtcheeeew

  • Emeka

    This is a great insult against Ndi-Anambra. For this ‘boy’ to have insinuated that over 200k people were bribed or induced to voting in Obiano the second time, is so shameful and ill thought out, what a shame? If this Boy’s allegations are anything to go by, then the entire treasury of Anambra state should be empty by now… Big time loser, that’s what the boy is. “One might wonder why he’s been referred to as boy? It’s simply because he reasons like a primary school boy.”

  • Arabakpura

    Next time, use your knowledge of traffic control to direct the human traffic to yourself!

  • Dr Bunmi Binitie

    Osita Chidoka, you are not ready for leadership. You show solidarity for a group who are in stark rebellion against legitimately constituted authority and the same group stabs you in the back by working against the same election which you hope will bring you into leadership….how can that ever work out? You cant be a leader and a rebel at the same time! It means you have not even learnt how to understand human beings and choose your associates with care and wisdom; how then can God trust you to lead people?

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    As FRSC Chief, selfish Osita Chidoka cornered all contracts; supplied all vehicles etc. How dare he criticize the transactional nature of politics? Yeye dey smell.

  • Discombobulation Everywhere

    This concession speech is an insult to the voters and stakeholders in Anambra. When your supposed support base decide not to vote for you, you ridicule them by saying the sold their vote to the highest bidder. And tomorrow you will seek their support again. You have displayed your infantile knowledge of politics. Pride goes before a fall.

    The very arrogant Osita Chidoka has been disgraced in his own LGA. He lost woefully. Personal ambition run amok without any real connection to the grassroots voter. He campaigned like he was doing the voters a favor. The all knowing White Knight riding on his high horse. He asked for political contributions without investing his own money. No skin in the game.

    The lesson for all the so-called intellectuals who seek political office. Get to the grassroots and build your base. Ultimately, the voter will decide who leads them and he/she must approve of your candidacy before giving you their vote.