Finally, the All Progressives Congress has admitted defeat in last Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State.
The party conceded defeat after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari while describing the outcome of the election as a victory for democracy.
Mai Mala Buni, Chairman of National Caretaker Committee, and Chairman of Edo APC Governorship Campaign Council, Abdullahi Ganduje met with the President on Monday, September 21, to deliberate on the results of the election.
In Buni’s statement after the election, the party congratulated the incumbent governor of the state, Godwin Obaseki, and the people of Edo.
“Edo State governorship election is over, the winner has been declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission in the person of Mr Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party.
“We hereby congratulate the winner of the election, the people of Edo State and all Nigerians. The peaceful conduct of the election and its outcome represents victory for Nigeria’s democracy
“As a party, we join our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, to affirm our commitment to free and fair elections in order to strengthen the foundation for our political and moral authority,” the statement reads partly.
Also, the APC commended INEC and security agencies for their non-partisanship and ensuring the process was peaceful.
“We commend INEC, our security agencies and all political parties that contested the election for the successful conduct of the election.
“As a governing party, we will take every step necessary to support the Federal Government to consolidate all the gains achieved,” the statement added.
Obaseki polled 307,955 votes across the 18 local government areas of the state to defeat APC candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who scored 223,619 votes.