Kwara Senatorial Poll: Finally, Saraki Concedes Defeat
Bukola Saraki, Senate President, has finally accepted his fate and wished his successor at the Kwara Senatorial election well.
This is after Mr Saraki initially denied conceding defeat to his major challenger, Ibrahim Oloriegbe, who ran on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) while he sought re-election on that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The top lawmaker had lost his bid to return to the red chamber with his opponent leading with 123,808 votes while he trailed behind with 68,994.
In a statement by his media aide, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki wished all those who won the federal parliamentary elections in the state well.
The APC took over all the federal elections in the state with none left for the PDP.
“I wish the candidates that emerged in the Kwara polls all the best in their attempts to serve our people. It is my prayer that the good people of Kwara State will always have the best from any government both at the state and federal levels,” Saraki said.
“As a product of a family and a political structure that is, from its foundation, devoted to the service and development of our state and its people, it is my wish that our people will always have a good deal at all times.
“The new development will even provide the people the opportunity to compare and contrast. After all, the people who have emerged from last Saturday’s election are not my enemies. They are fellow Kwarans.
“As we prepare for the March 9th, 2019 Governorship and House of Assembly elections, let me reiterate my position that the candidates of the PDP in the election represent the best materials for our dear State, Kwara.
“Therefore, I enjoin our people to come out en masse on Election Day and vote for them. I am going to work with our party leaders to further sell the PDP candidates to the general public.
“I thank all Nigerians for their goodwill and to enjoin all of us that as we patiently await the outcome of the Presidential election, we pray for peace, unity and genuine development in our country.
“It is also my prayer that at all times, the wishes of the people will always prevail in the choice of their leaders and the electorate will always enjoy the benefits of good governance,” the top lawmaker added.
With the results of the election currently in the public domain, two of his colleagues will not be returning to the upper legislative chamber with him.