Oshimole has finally given his verdict on the just concluded EDO State Gubernatorial election which saw Governor Obaseki of PDP re-elected on Sunday after polling a total of 307,955 votes to defeat his APC rival Pastor Osagie Ize- Iyamu who had 223,619 votes.
Oshimole who is the immediate past National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in a one minute video released on Wednesday which he chose to go philosophical in reacting to the outcome of the election said:
“In life, you work hard and leave God for the outcome. You do your best and trust God to bless your efforts. I feel good, I feel strong, thank God. In life, you win some and you lose some but life goes on”, he philosophized.
He also admitted that he was moved to tears and inspired by the determination of the aged and nursing mothers who came out not minding the poor weather just to cast their vote.
“If septuagenarians were not frustrated that their card readers were not working, it inspired me that if at their age they don’t give up, why should I give up?
“And I ask our people to have faith in our country because we are not going to have another one. This is our country and we must make it great. We must strengthen democracy, we must improve on it.
“No matter the outcome of an election, or a particular edition of a process, have faith in God and have faith in our country,” Oshiomhole concluded.
In reacting to the claims that he was unhappy on the outcome of the election, Adams Oshimole said: in life, you win some and you lose some but life goes on and according to him, he remains strong and healthy.
Meanwhile, the re-elected governor of Edo state, Governor, Godwin Obaseki, said on Wednesday in a statement while paying a “thank you” visit with his wife to his River State counterpart at the Government House in Port Harcourt after his victory, that God used Governor Wike, Governor of River State and other PDP governors to ensure his victory. He went on to express his gratitude for the roles their played in his re-election, also commending the people of Edo State for re-electing him for another term of four years last Saturday.
Other members of the PDP Campaign Council in Edo State led by the chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, were also on the trip to Port Harcourt.
Obaseki said: “I want to thank Edo people for their doggedness and determination in ensuring that their votes counted and the will of the people achieved.
“The victory in the September 19 poll was made possible by God and God used the people as an instrument to actualize my second term ambition.
“After I was pushed out of my former party, this house was the first place I sought solace. You took me in as a brother, out of the storm, changed my clothes, and gave me food to eat.
“It was in this house, the campaign council met to work out the key strategies that led us to victory. You mobilised people across the country. You moved to Benin, went through the humiliation and attacks. You supported us and we won.
“It will be a sin against God if we do not come to say thank you. Even if the victory we are celebrating is from God. He has used people like you to make it happen.”
He assured that his administration would concentrate on delivering development to the people of Edo State.
In his response, Wike commended Obaseki and his deputy, for standing firmly by the Edo people, saying it was a motivating factor for them to join hands in solidarity.
He expressed his excitement that all the states in the South-South now belonged to PDP and could now speak with one voice.
The Rivers governor urged Obaseki to forgive those who stood against him in the build-up to the election.
He said: “I did not want division. I insisted that it will be good we are all together. This will make it easy to go into the electoral battle and win.
“I thank you, my brother, Obaseki for carrying everybody along in the party. Edo people are also looking up to you.
“Forgive everybody. Forgive your political opponents. I am happy that today, South-South is under one political party. This will make for integration. We can speak with one voice in moving Nigeria forward. This is the sweetest electoral victory I have ever witnessed.”