Nigeria decides: Winners of Kwara election not my enemies, I wish them luck – Saraki concedes


The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has stated that in spite of the reported inadequacies that attended last Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in Kwara State, he is wishing the candidates who emerged from the election the best of luck.

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ibrahim Oloriegbe, had defeated Saraki who ran on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

A breakdown of the results shows that Saraki polled 11, 252 votes in Asa local government, 14,654 (Ilorin East) 13, 013 ( Ilorin South) and 30,075 votes in Ilorin West.

On the other hand, Oloriegbe of the APC polled 15,932 votes in Asa, 30,014 ( Ilorin East), 26,331 (Ilorin South) and 51,531votes in Ilorin West respectively.

The PDP also lost out in the Kwara South senatorial district poll.

The incumbent, Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, was defeated by the APC’s Lola Ashiru.

The Returning Officer, Prof. Sylvia Malom, while declaring the result at the Irepodun Local Government Secretariat in Omu-Aran, said Ashiru polled 89, 704 to emerge winner. Ibrahim, he said, polled 45, 176 votes.

There was wild jubilation among APC supporters who had assembled around the INEC office when the outcome of the election became known to them around 9.00pm.

Saraki, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu pointed out that while the election was generally peaceful there are inadequacies like the card readers not used in over 70 per cent of the polling units while there were multiple voting, over-voting and other discrepancies that were reported by agents of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, across the state.

He stated that the state chapter of his party will take a position on the right response to these inadequacies, and drummed support for PDP’s governorship and House of Assembly candidates in Kwara, calling them the best materials.

The Senate President stated that the emergence of the new crop of leaders from last Saturday’s election in Kwara will provide an opportunity for the people of the state to compare what they would offer with services rendered to them by him and other members of his political family.

“However, whatever the final outcome of the election, I wish the candidates that have emerged all the best in their attempts to serve our people. It is my prayers that the good people of Kwara State will always have the best from any government both at state and federal levels.

“As a product of a family and a political structure that is, from its foundation, devoted to the service and development of our state and its people, it is my wish that our people will always have a good deal at all times. The new development will even provide the people the opportunity to compare and contrast. After all, the people who have emerged from last Saturday’s election are not my enemies. They are fellow Kwarans.

“As we prepare for the March 9, 2019 Governorship and House of Assembly elections, let me reiterate my position that the candidates of the PDP in the election represent the best materials for our dear State, Kwara. Therefore, I enjoin our people to come out en mass on Election Day and vote for them. I am going to work with our party leaders to further sell the PDP candidates to the general public.

“I thank all Nigerians for their goodwill and to enjoin all of us that as we patiently await the outcome of the Presidential election, we pray for peace, unity and genuine development in our country. It is also our prayers that at all times, the wish of the people will always prevail in the choice of the leadership and the electorate will always enjoy the benefit of good governance,” he stated.

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