From TAIWO AMODU, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Working Committee (NWC) has reacted officially to the outcome of the Ondo State governorship election held at the weekend. According to the results declared by the country’s electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday, the Ondo electorate re-elected the Labour Party (LP) candidate and incumbent Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko to exercise a fresh mandate of four years, while the PDP candidate, Mr. Olusola Oke came second.
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) candidate, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, came a distant third. But the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement adduced late entry to the race as responsible for its defeat. Metuh said though the PDP was not declared the winner of the election, the party was happy with the performance of its candidate “who obviously joined the race late.
“While we commend, Chief Olusola Oke, his running mate, members and supporters of our party, we wish to also congratulate Chief Olusegun Mimiko on his victory. “Another lesson is here for the nation, especially the opposition political parties to draw from the commitment of our great party to the full entrenchment of the legacy of free, fair and credible polls. Ostensible is the manifest unwavering devotion of President Goodluck Jonathan to the cause of democracy.
He led the campaign of our party to Ondo and promised free and fair election. Free and fair election he has once more delivered.” The party further commended INEC and the security agencies for the peaceful conduct of the polls, “urging them to learn from any observed loopholes to continue improving in future elections.” Metuh equally applauded the Ondo electorate for spurning what he claimed to be, “their emphatic rejection of tribalism and narrow political adventurism which were the hallmark of the campaign of the ACN in the just concluded gubernatorial election.
“How better do Nigerians say no to the drumbeats of tribalism and political narrowness than what the people of Ondo have just done with their votes? It is a quantum forward leap for those who understand the dangers of undue manipulation of national diversity for narrow political whims and a huge setback, utter rejection for the champions of ethnic politics.”