Abuja - The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the rival All Progressives Congress (APC) to, in the interest of the nation, accept the outcomes of the contentious elections held in some states.
The former urged APC to emulate President Goodluck Jonathan who conceded defeat, to international acclaim, during the March presidential election as well as PDP gubernatorial candidates that were not contesting the poll outcomes in their respective states.
"You will recall that at the end of the 2015 general elections, our party's leader, President Goodluck Jonathan in a rare show of statesmanship conceded defeat and congratulated the APC Presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari. That singular action lowered the tension in the land, stabilized the polity and enhanced our global democratic credential and rating," said Olisa Metuh, PDP spokesperson.
He said in the same spirit, PDP's gubernatorial and legislative candidates who lost at the elections also accepted defeat in keeping with the overall need to preserve the country's democracy and its unity as a people.
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"These sacrifices from our candidates came notwithstanding the numerous anomalies and crass irregularities that characterized the general elections to the disadvantage of our party.
"The PDP took the outcome of the elections in good faith, not because the processes were without flaws but for the general interest of the nation. It is however worrisome that even in victory, the APC has remained desperate in the desire to be in total control of the polity by attempting to take over the states genuinely won by the PDP," Metuh said.
APC is contesting the governorship election outcomes in Akwa-Ibom, Delta and Rivers States.
Metuh said APC should be held responsible should there be any breakdown of law and order in the regions.
"We charge the people not to relent but to stand up and defend their mandates and use all means allowed by the law to ensure that their will expressed through the ballot box is not thwarted by desperate and greedy enemies of democracy," said Metuh.