Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has conceded defeat in the elections that saw him and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), lose to the All Progressives Congress (APC) not just in his Senatorial District but in the whole of Kwara state. He however said his party will take a position on the right response to the inadequacies experienced during the polls.
Saraki’s loss to Ibrahim Oloriegbe has been one of the big upsets of the elections but his response on Monday was sportsmanlike: “I wish the candidates that have emerged all the best in their attempts to serve our people. It is my prayers that the good people of Kwara State will always have the best from any government both at state and federal levels,” he said.
Peaceful but inadequate poll: Saraki conceded that the polls were peaceful in his state but said there were “inadequacies like the card readers not used in over 70 percent of the polling units while there were multiple voting, over-voting and other discrepancies…”
“In spite of the reported inadequacies that attended last Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in Kwara State, he is wishing the candidates who emerged from the election the best of luck,” said Saraki’s spokesman, Yusuf Olayinoyu, in a statement.
Saraki said the new development (election of a different party and representatives) will provide the people the opportunity to compare and contrast. He described the winners of the elections as “fellow Kwarans”, saying they are not his enemies.
On the presidential election: “As we patiently await the outcome of the Presidential election, we pray for peace, unity and genuine development in our country. It is also our prayers that at all times, the wish of the people will always prevail in the choice of the leadership and the electorate will always enjoy the benefit of good governance.”