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Post Election: My defeat in Oyo a ‘blessing in disguise’ – APC’s Adelabu

Image result for adebayo adelabuAll Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Oyo State, Adebayo Adelabu has revealed that his defeat in Oyo state is a blessing.
Five weeks after he lost the gubernatorial election, the gubernatorial candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, Adebayo Adelabu, has described his defeat as a “blessing in disguise.”

Mr Adelabu, who lost the March 9 gubernatorial election to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Seyi Makinde, has remained silent since he lost the election.

The APC candidate, while breaking silence, apologised to the people of the state for keeping quiet for more than 30 days.

Mr Adelabu, in a statement he personally signed and sent to PREMIUM TIMES, explained how he struggled to understand the defeat he and his party suffered in the election.

He, however, declared that his defeat will make him come out a better and stronger person.

The former Deputy Governor (Operations) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said that despite his defeat, he remained the single strongest candidate in the 2019 gubernatorial election.

Full text…

Good day to you my people. 2019 elections have come and gone. I want to thank you profusely for the uncommon support, morally, financially and spiritually that you showed me during the last Gubernatorial election.

I’m eternally grateful and indebted to you and I believe it’s only the Almighty Allah that can pay you back and in folds too. Once again, God himself knows the sincerity of our intentions and genuineness of our purpose, so our sacrifices are not in vain, but remain an innocent investment in the desired prosperity of our dear state. Whatever happens to a man is either a blessing or a lesson.

However in this case, it’s both a blessing “in disguise” and a lesson to come out a better and stronger person. Electoral losses, as read in history, have made great leaders come out stronger, better and more successful and never to depress or discourage them.

I take solace in the persistence and tenacity of our 357,000 strong genuine voters (which is larger than what ushered in the last three successive governors) and kindness of history and posterity.

The devil is in the details like they say, as a first timer, with 357,000 genuine votes, we remained the single strongest candidate in the 2019 Guber elections claimed to be displaced by the conspiracy or coalition of five other Guber candidates. This also gave out our party as the single strongest and most popular party in the last elections. All these should not go unnoticed and should prepare us better for challenges ahead.

My apology for the delay in reaching out, being close to 40days now after the elections. Like everyone of our supporters, I personally had to struggle for some time to come to terms with the realities of the disappointing results of the election and just returned from a two weeks vacation abroad, where i took some time to rest, spent time with my family and reflected on the way forward.

Notwithstanding the shocking and unfavourable outcome of the elections, i still thank the Almighty Allah for seeing us through a well orchestrated electioneering campaign devoid of casualties, which I believe will go down in history as one of the most flamboyant, issue based and all inclusive campaign ever in the history of Oyo state politics.

A lot of hitherto politically apathetic and indifferent personalities, showed a lot of active interests and unprecedented supports toward our aspirations to serve our motherland and see to the progress of our dear state, simply for the singular reason of my involvement. Through this, our conscience is clear and our emotions fulfilled for having participated and showed interest in the determination of who runs the affairs of our state.

Posterity and history, I believe will be kind to us as having chosen not to ignore the process of choosing those who paddle the canoe of our state to progress. Like they say, the joy of the Olympics is not just in winning medals but in the fulfilment of our participation.

And I also know that Politics they say is not a 100mtr dash but a marathon which we know always starts with a single step. That heavy and decisive step has been taken through the process of this last election and we wont stop until we reach our desired destination.

While I believe the results came out the way it was destined, the adduced reasons notwithstanding, our party is collectively convinced that the election was marred by various electoral irregularities and malpractices ranging from front loading of votes to multiple voting cutting across same and multiple polling units, hence the petition submitted at the Tribunal presently being prosecuted and this is left for the Judges to determine.

Notwithstanding the outcome of the Election petition tribunal, I’m personally of the opinion that we need not be stagnant in our electoral quest and planning for the next election should start in earnest. Our political structures across the state remain intact while our supporters remain undaunted.

We intend to keep and maintain these structures and regularly reach out to our fans and supporters who till date are still left gapping wondering why the results came out the way it did. The reflections are all over the state as everywhere seems to be in a state of mourning and no signs of celebrations or jubilations ushering in a popularly elected new government.

We will be embarking on a “Thank you” visits to all our party members, stakeholders, supporters and fans across the length and breadth of our state to intimate them of our plan going forward. We are still thankful to God that our party still occupies the Federal Govt and the National Exco of our party has assured us of consistent and special support to enable us bounce back being the only state in the South West now in opposition.

I also want to let you know that I will soon reach out to you on specific plans, programs and activities in our camp and plead that you should not relent in your support for this cause and very soon, we will reach our destination. It is worthy of note that one or two lessons have also been learnt and all these will guide our actions and activities going forward. Thank you and God bless.

Labour Party, INEC at war

Image result for inec chairmanIt has been reported that Labour Party has filed a suit against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over its exclusion from a meeting with the fact-finding committee sent to Rivers State to investigate the irregularities that marred elections in the state.

In a suit filed before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday marked FHC/AB/306/2019, the Labour Party and its governorship candidate in the March 9 governorship and house of assembly elections, Isaac Wonwu, are praying to court to determine whether INEC was right to have excluded them from meeting INEC’s fact-finding team that was sent to the state to look into the disputes arising from the polls.

 

The party is also praying the court to stop the electoral body from proceeding, as it had announced, with the resumption and declaration of the results of the polls until the matter has been determined.

 

INEC has scheduled Wednesday, March 20, 2019, for the announcement of the result of the March 9 elections held in the state.

How Police arrested Suspected killer of Ibadan prominent Politician, Olatoye Sugar

Image result for Olatoye SugarFresh news has it that the Assistant Inspector General of Police in Zone Eleven, Leye Oyebade and Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Shina Olukolu, on Monday, told the Tribune Online that the police have succeeded in arresting one person in connection with the killing of Honourable Temitope Olatoye a.k.a Sugar on Saturday.

They also stated that aside the suspect linked with Sugar’s case, about 18 persons, six guns, nine live cartridges, axe, knives and other miscellaneous items were recovered, while the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) had been carrying out investigations.

The AIG and the police commissioner, however, said thatSugar’s death was in no way connected with the elections that took place on the day he was killed.

How APC will produce Kwara’s next Governor” – Bukola Saraki’s Sister Gbemisola says

Image may contain: 2 people, hat and closeupOne of the sisters to Senator Bukola Saraki – Nigeria’s Senate President – Senator Gbemisola Saraki has said she would work hard to ensure that the All Progressives Congress (APC) produces the next governor of her home state, Kwara.

Gbemisola is a member of APC while her brother is a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Gbemisola disclosed her position in a statement on Saturday saying, “We can’t stop until progressives lead all states to the next level of our collective prosperity.

So for each and every one of us, we must not relent, we have the elections of next Saturday, March 9 to go. In my state, Kwara, we are all out to ensure that Abdulrahman AbdulRasaq of our party, the APC, emerges the next governor of Kwara State, Insha Allah.”

On President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election for another four years, she added,“As Nigerians, we may indeed share different political leanings but we are united in our love for the greatness of our nation, Nigeria.

To us in the APC and to our supporters, we find in President Buhari and Prof Osinbajo true leaders that have been and are still working selflessly and assiduously to enthrone a nation, where the greatness of our people and our nation remains our primary goal.

It is my solemn belief that the wind of true change that re-elected President Buhari and Prof Osinbajo would blow across our land in our drive to elect governors and leaders that would epitomise our collective pride and aspiration of responsible, selfless and diligent leaders thus raising the bar of our development in Nigeria.”

Who wants Dino Melaye dead?

Image result for dino melayeIt has been reported that the senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, has again accused the state government of planning to assassinate him on March 8 or 9.

Melaye, who emerged the winner of last Saturday’s senatorial election made the allegation in a message posted on his verified Twitter handle on Sunday.

Politics: How Governor Ambode denied working for Atiku against Sanwo-Olu’s election

Image result for akinwunmi ambodeIt has reported that Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has denied reports claiming he was working with the agents of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate, to ensure that APC and its governorship candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu lose in the March 9th election. There were reports that the governor was using his close ally, Tokunbo Afikuyomi, to campaign agaisnt Sanwo-Olu and APC.

Governor Ambode in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna, said that having publicly declared his acceptance of the decision of the party on the party’s governorship primaries, he would never take any action to undermine the prospects of the party in the ongoing elections.

Recall that Ambode lost his re-election bid in a controversial governorship primaries that held in the state last October thatsaw Sanwo-Olu, the preferred candidate of APC National Chairman, Bola Tinubu, winner of the primaries. Read the statement below

The statement reads: “The attention of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has been drawn to a report in today’s edition of The Nation newspaper, Friday March 1, 2019. “Specifically, the contentious report, which was published on the newspaper’s front page without any by-line, insinuated that Governor Ambode might be working with an opposition party through a former member of the Lagos State Executive Council and Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources, Mr. Wale Oluwo. “The report also attempted to hold the Governor responsible for the alleged activities of Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi because he supported the governor’s gubernatorial ambition during the primaries of the All Progressives Congress in October 2018.

“The governor wishes to make it abundantly clear that, having declared publicly his acceptance of the decision of the party on the primaries, he has not and will never take any action to undermine the prospects of the party in the on-going elections. “It is human to aspire, and the capacity of each individual to manage the negative outcomes of a legitimate aspiration differs. But that should never be the basis to link His Excellency to whatever action of certain individuals who might have shared his vision in the past but have proceeded to pursue their own interests as adults and citizens without any influence from or recourse to the governor.

“Governor Ambode’s decision to stand by the party that has given him the platform to serve Lagosians meritoriously is based on the principle of justice, responsibility and loyalty. “He has everything to gain from the victory of the party’s candidate Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the Governor of Lagos State on March 9, 2019, and he looks forward to handing over the affairs of the state to the candidate of the APC come May 29th. “It is therefore disturbing, unfair and sad that a respected  medium such as The Nation, which enjoys the goodwill of members of our party and is appropriately positioned to verify the falsehood of these fictitious and sponsored hatchet job chose not to observe the journalistic dictum of “if in doubt, leave out” in the breach.

“In this circumstance, His Excellency hereby makes use of his right to a rejoinder and demands an apology for the unjustifiable aspersions cast on his person by wrongly presenting him to right thinking members of the public as a disloyal saboteur trying to frustrate his party’s campaign and electoral victory. Nothing can be further from the truth. “Governor Ambode has consistently appealed to those who sympathise with him that the best way to express solidarity is to vote for the candidates of the All Progressives Congress on Saturday March 9, 2019 in order to ensure that his own legacy is preserved and the gains of the past four years are improved upon  “As we move towards next Saturday’s important election, Governor Ambode urges Lagosians and party faithful not to allow fifth columnists pretending to be overzealous crusaders frustrate our onerous efforts to take Lagos State to the next level.

“The governor says as he did in the run-up to last Saturday’s presidential poll, he will leave no stone unturned and spare no effort in ensuring that the party’s flag-bearer in the governorship election, Mr. SanwoOlu and all the 40 APC candidates in the House of Assembly poll are duly elected on Saturday March 9.

Trending: How president Buhari thanked Nigerians for re-electing him for a second term in office

Image result for President BuhariPresident Buhari has thanked Nigerians for re-electing him for a second term in office.

President Buhari, who was at the APC Presidential Campaign Council Office, in Abuja addressed the country after his re-election.

 

He thanked the millions of Nigerians who voted him to continue serving the nation for the next four years.

INEC this morning, declared him winner of the 2019 election.

Read the full text of his speech below

My Dear Nigerians,

First and foremost, I give thanks to Almighty God Who has spared our lives to witness another victory for Nigerian democracy and victory for our party APC.

2. I thank the millions of Nigerians who voted to re-elect me as your president for the next four years. I am deeply humbled and profoundly grateful to you for judging me worthy of continuing to serve you and for your peaceful conduct.

3. In particular, I would like to thank Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for his masterful leadership as Co-chair of the Campaign Council. I would like to also thank the Party Chairman Adams Oshiomhole, the Director General of the Campaign Council Rotimi Amaechi, all members of the Presidential Campaign Council and other various Support Groups.

 

4. My grateful thanks to all those who contributed to the logistical expenses of the campaign in such a vast country like Nigeria.

 

5. I also thank the millions of volunteers, self-appointed overseers, canvassers, agents, escorts and sentries who sacrificed so much of their time and resources to ensure the success of these elections. I do not have the words adequate to thank them.

6. Although Saturday’s elections were relatively peaceful, troublemakers in a handful of states attempted to disrupt an otherwise orderly process. Security agencies will bring to justice all those arrested in the process.

 

7. I am very sad at the grievous loss of lives during these elections. Security agencies will step up their efforts to protect voters in the forthcoming State elections.

8. I would like to commend our security agencies, as severely overstretched as they are, for handling the difficult task of securing the country during the election period.

9. I will like to make a special appeal to my supporters not to gloat or humiliate the opposition. Victory is enough reward for your efforts.

10. We give thanks also to our Domestic and International observers for contributing to the success of our elections and for their interest in our country and our developing democracy.

 

11. The new Administration will intensify its efforts in Security, Restructuring the Economy and Fighting Corruption. We have laid down the foundation and we are committed to seeing matters to the end. We will strive to strengthen our unity and inclusiveness so that no section or group will feel left behind or left out.

12. I thank you for your support and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria

President Buhari has thanked Nigerians for re-electing him for a second term in office.

President Buhari, who was at the APC Presidential Campaign Council Office, in Abuja addressed the country after his re-election.

 

He thanked the millions of Nigerians who voted him to continue serving the nation for the next four years.

INEC this morning, declared him winner of the 2019 election.

Read the full text of his speech below

My Dear Nigerians,

First and foremost, I give thanks to Almighty God Who has spared our lives to witness another victory for Nigerian democracy and victory for our party APC.

2. I thank the millions of Nigerians who voted to re-elect me as your president for the next four years. I am deeply humbled and profoundly grateful to you for judging me worthy of continuing to serve you and for your peaceful conduct.

3. In particular, I would like to thank Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for his masterful leadership as Co-chair of the Campaign Council. I would like to also thank the Party Chairman Adams Oshiomhole, the Director General of the Campaign Council Rotimi Amaechi, all members of the Presidential Campaign Council and other various Support Groups.

 

4. My grateful thanks to all those who contributed to the logistical expenses of the campaign in such a vast country like Nigeria.

 

5. I also thank the millions of volunteers, self-appointed overseers, canvassers, agents, escorts and sentries who sacrificed so much of their time and resources to ensure the success of these elections. I do not have the words adequate to thank them.

6. Although Saturday’s elections were relatively peaceful, troublemakers in a handful of states attempted to disrupt an otherwise orderly process. Security agencies will bring to justice all those arrested in the process.

 

7. I am very sad at the grievous loss of lives during these elections. Security agencies will step up their efforts to protect voters in the forthcoming State elections.

8. I would like to commend our security agencies, as severely overstretched as they are, for handling the difficult task of securing the country during the election period.

9. I will like to make a special appeal to my supporters not to gloat or humiliate the opposition. Victory is enough reward for your efforts.

10. We give thanks also to our Domestic and International observers for contributing to the success of our elections and for their interest in our country and our developing democracy.

 

11. The new Administration will intensify its efforts in Security, Restructuring the Economy and Fighting Corruption. We have laid down the foundation and we are committed to seeing matters to the end. We will strive to strengthen our unity and inclusiveness so that no section or group will feel left behind or left out.

12. I thank you for your support and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria

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