Osun Guber: PDP Accepts Defeat, Hails Jonathan Over Peaceful Poll

National Chairman succumbed to pressure to resign

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Sunday congratulated Governor Rauf Aregbesola for his re-election in last Saturday’s Osun state governorship poll, saying it accepted the results in spite of what it called perceived anomalies.

The party commended its candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore for “his impressive outing which confirms that PDP commands massive followership in the state.”

A statement by PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olisa Metuh, said the party accepted its defeat in the Osun poll, hailing President Goodluck Jonathan for creating enabling environment for the successful election.

“After a careful appraisal of the overall conduct of the election, the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in spite of perceived anomalies, hereby accepts the results and congratulates Governor Rauf Aregbesola for his re-election.

“This is entirely in the interest of the growth of democracy, peace and political stability of the country in line with PDP’s ideology and the visions of our founding fathers,” the PDP stated on Sunday.

The party commended President Goodluck Jonathan for “creating the enabling environment for Osun people to freely and peacefully exercise their franchise without rancor or blood-letting” saying such remains a clear testimony to his unparalleled commitment to peaceful elections in Nigeria.

It also praised the security forces for their display of professionalism in keeping the peace and ensuring the protection of lives and property during the exercise.

The PDP however called on Nigerians to continue to note that for the APC, elections are only free and fair when they win and rigged when they lose, adding that such is not acceptable in a democracy.

While urging the APC to learn from the election and desist from actions and utterances that overheat the system and create room for violence, the PDP called on Nigerians to mark the trends and make their deductions regarding which party is actually committed to the survival and growth of democracy in Nigeria.

It called on its members and supporters to remain calm, while praising the people of Osun for adhering to rules and conducting themselves in an orderly manner during the election.