Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi has accepted defeat and extended his congratulations to Dr. Kola Balogun of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of Oyo South senatorial district.
The Governor also appreciates the people of the state for casting their votes in favor of All Progressives Congress (APC) in both the presidential and national assembly elections.
The APC won 9 out of the 14 available seats for the house of representatives and clinched two out of the three for Senate.
However, Atiku Abubakar of the PDP survived by a whisker in the state.
In the statement released by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Communication and Strategy, Mr Bolaji Tunji, Ajimobi urged the APC member to grid their loins and work for the success of their gubernatorial candidate.
Read the full statement below
“We appreciate our people for coming out last Saturday, which led to APC winning two, out of the three Senatorial and nine out of the 14 Federal Constituency, seats in the state.
“The victory has shown the unassailable leadership of the APC in Oyo State. It has also shown that our people are appreciative of the developmental strides of the APC in the state and the country at large.
“We have taken Oyo State to an unprecedented level in terms of massive infrastructural renewal. Most importantly, we have ensured peace in the state.
“The results of the Oyo South Senatorial District election have been released by INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission) indicating that I lost to the PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) candidate.
“I hereby accept the result as announced. Although there were a number of grievous infractions and established electoral malpractices, I have decided to let go in the interest of peace. I, therefore, congratulate the declared winner, Hon Kola Balogun and our APC Senators-elect, Abdulfatai Buhari and Teslim Folarin.
“If I lose the ticket and the party was able to gain, then it is nothing to feel sad about. APC has done well but we can always do better. If we won two out of the three Senatorial seats and we picked nine out of 14 federal constituency seats, then we should congratulate ourselves.
“To the teeming members and supporters of our party who came out in their thousands to show their preference for the APC, I thank and urge you to keep the faith especially as we look forward to the governorship and the House of Assembly elections.