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PDP concedes defeat, congratulates Mimiko

22 October 2012, 07:32

Abuja - The PDP on Sunday conceded defeat in the Ondo State governorship poll, congratulating Gov. Olusegun Mimiko of the Labour Party for emerging winner.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Olisa Metuh, made the announcement in Abuja in a statement.

He said that the outcome of the election was in line with President Goodluck Jonathan's commitment to the cause of democracy.

Metuh said that although the PDP did not win the election, the party was happy with the performance of its candidate, Chief Olusola Oke, whom he noted, 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, here, for the nation, especially the opposition parties, is to draw from the commitment of our great party to the full entrenchment of the legacy of free, fair and credible polls.

"This is the manifestation of the unwavering devotion of President Goodluck Jonathan to the cause of democracy.

"He led the campaign of our party to Ondo State and promised free and fair election. Free and fair election he has once more delivered," Metuh said.

Metuh also commended INEC and security agencies for the peaceful conduct of the polls and urged them to learn from any observed loopholes to improve future elections.

He praised the people of Ondo State for their "emphatic rejection of tribalism and narrow political adventurism" evident before the elections.

"How better can Nigerians say no to the drumbeats of tribalism and political narrowness than what the people of Ondo State have just done with their votes.

"It is a forward leap for those who understand the dangers of undue manipulation of national diversity for narrow political whims and utter rejection of the champions of ethnic politics," Metuh said.

Mimiko got a total of 260 199 votes to emerge the winner of the election.

Oke came second with 155 961 votes while the ACN candidate Chief  Rotimi Akeredolu came third with 143 512 votes.


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