Party supporters raise flags in support of Nigerian President and Presidential candidate of the ruling People's Democratic Party Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo during a rally in Lagos on January 8, 2015. Nigeria's President Goodluc ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - The losing candidate in the Adamawa State governorship poll, Nuhu Ribadu, has appreciated his supporters for backing him during the election period.
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) candidate lost to Umar Jibrilla Bindow of the All Progressives Congress.
“I came into this race knowing fully well that political contests are two-way traffics – one either wins or loses. As a man of faith, I was also aware that leadership responsibility is a product of God’s annointment," Ribadu said.
He said in the course of the elections, he had seen genuine support and encouragement from the people of Adamawa State.
Several individuals from Adamawa and beyond contributed generously to keep the campaign going and many others devoted their time, energy and intellect to see to the success of this project, Ribadu added.
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"I sincerely appreciate this belief in my person and my ambition,” Ribadu said.
He also appreciated the support he received from President Goodluck Jonathan and the party leaders in the state.
“The support I got from my party’s leadership and individual members from President Goodluck Jonathan down to the party agents in our polling units was overwhelming and gratifying."
He also hailed the party leader in the state, Bala James Ngilari, and the state party chairman, Joel Madaki.
Ribadu welcomed the result and congratulated the winner.
"I pray that at the end of it all the state will witness the needed progress and development it so much desires," he concluded.