BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – The All Progressives Congress (APC), on Monday declared that the victories it recorded in the Governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States are indeed as significant as are well-deserved.
The ruling Party however said that there remains much to be done in ensuring the sanctity of our electioneering process, particularly partisan approach to elections.
It particularly said that the PDP must begin to address itself to the new reality that votes are beginning to count, adding that the PDP’s retrogressive tactics of massive thumb printing, ballot box snatching, vote buying, thuggery, violence and other illegal schemes will no longer win elections for them.
The APC expressed appreciation to the people of Kogi and Bayelsa States over what it described as “the Party’s resounding victories,” in the Governorship elections.
The Party also congratulated Nigerians, its teeming supporters and members for what it described as the hard-fought election victories.
These were contained in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Lanre Issa-Onilu in which he further said that in Kogi, the party is delighted that the good people of the state ignored the propaganda and clannish campaigns of the opposition and reelected Governor Yahaya Bello.
Issa-Onilu said; “We cannot thank the Kogi electorate enough. Although, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has declared the senatorial election in Kogi West district inconclusive, we are confident that when the supplementary election is held, our candidate, Senator Smart Adeyemi will reclaim his earlier stolen mandate.
“Our Party’s victory in Bayelsa State is even more of a landmark. Against all odds and in defiance of the established but retrogressive political order since 1999, Bayelsans decided through their votes to overwhelmingly elect our governorship candidate, David Lyon.
“Bayelsans decided to ditch the disastrous regime of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and pitch their tent with a progressive platform. This a sacred trust our candidate and party will not take for granted.””
The ruling Party expressed appreciations to President Muhammadu Buhari for his moral support for the Party’s candidates; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, APC governors and other party leaders for their support and presence at the Party’s rallies in Kogi and Bayelsa.
The APC also thanked the First Lady, Hajia Aisha Muhammadu Buhari; wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo for rallying massive support during the final grand rally in Lokoja, Kogi State.
Issa-Onilu further said; “We appreciate the tireless efforts of our National Campaign Councils for Kogi and Bayelsa, headed by the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El Rufai and Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar respectively.
“We dedicate our Party’s election successes to the good people of the two states, with a solemn promise that our victorious candidates would justify the confidence reposed in them.”