‘We won fair and square’- Ogun APC tackles PDP over election results

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By Abiodun Lawal

The Ogun chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has insisted that its candidates won last Saturday’s Governorship and House of Assembly elections held in the state in a free and fair manner.

The party said this in statement issued obviously in reaction to claims by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP earlier that it rigged the election in connivance with officials of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and security operatives.

The PDP and its governorship candidate in the election, Ladi Adebutu had embarked on protested the outcome of the election at the Abeokuta office of INEC on Tuesday.

The opposition party also vowed that it would challenge the declaration of Governor Dapo Abiodun as the winner of the election at the tribunal.

However, the APC, in a statement by Tunde Oladunjoye, its spokesperson in the state on Saturday dismissed the claims by the PDP.

APC insisted that the election was peaceful and true reflection of people’s expectations, and it won the governorship election “fair and square”.

He said this was despite political thuggery, vote- buying and violence allegedly perpetrated by the opposition in the state.

“We all witnessed how these desperate politicians and their gullible followers, bent on wrestling power by force, broke all rules of civility and violated electoral guidelines.

“Our party, the APC, not only won the election with majority votes, but also won in 12 of the 20 Local Government Areas in Ogun State.

“In addition, our party won 17 out of the 26 State House of Assembly constituency seats,” he said.

Oladunjoye said that the people of the state stood firm and chose good governance over deceptive candidates.

He urged politicians to exhibit maturity by conceding defeat where and when it was obvious that they had been thoroughly trounced as was the case in the last governorship election in the state.

The APC spokesperson advised the candidates that lost election to accept the magnanimous olive branch offered by the winner of the election and join him in his mission to build a better state.

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