By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
In reaction to his loss in the National Assembly election, Gov. Abiola Ajimobi has said that there was no sacrifice too much to make as a leader, while congratulating the senator-elect for the Oyo South Senatorial District on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Kola Balogun over his emergence.
Ajimobi, in a statement on Monday, by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Bolaji Tunji, described the loss as painful, adding that: “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 out of three Senatorial seats, we won two and out of 14 federal constituency seats, we picked nine, then we should congratulate ourselves.”
He equally expressed appreciation to the people of the state for their peaceful conduct and the large turnout in last Saturday’s election.
The governor said the people the state have shown their love for the APC by voting massively for President Muhammadu Buhari and the party’s candidates in the elections, adding that from results released so far nationwide, the APC is coasting home to victory.
The Governor equally congratulated the Oyo State APC candidates in the elections which saw the APC picking nine out of the available 14 Federal Constituency seats and two out of the three Senatorial seats in the State.
“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”.
Ajimobi described the loss of the Oyo South Senatorial ticket Seat as unfortunate, but noted that no sacrifice is too much for a leader to make.
“The results of the Oyo South Senatorial districts 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 other Senators-elect, Abdulfatai Buhari and Teslim Folarin.”
The Governor enjoined all APC members to gird their loins for the March 9 governorship election as the battle is not over yet, adding that the loss of the senatorial seat would not deter his firm resolve and that of the APC to work for victory in the governorship election.
“To the teeming members of our party and supporters 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.
“With the impressive results we currently have, we should proudly go forth with greater sense of confidence and unity of purpose. Let us work together to ensure victory for our governorship candidate, Bayo Adelabu and all our candidates for the House,” he said.