|National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic party, Chief Olisa Metuh|
The Peoples Democratic Party said on Sunday July 15, 2012, that it was disappointed with the outcome of the governorship election in Edo State.
The party said it thought its candidate, Gen. Charles Airhiavebre (retd.) would be able to defeat the candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Comrade Adams Oshiomole in the election which was conducted on Saturday July 14, 2012.
It said it received the result of the election as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, which declared Oshiomhole the winner, with mixed feelings.
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, nevertheless called on supporters of the PDP to accept the outcome of the election.
He said, “While we await the reports of our monitors in different locations in the state in order to determine our next course of action, we commend the people of Edo State for their enthusiastic participation in the exercise.”
The statement said the PDP in the course of its campaigns told the people that its entry into the race was not a do-or-die affair.
It said it did its best to provide a credible alternative to the people of the state.
Metuh said the PDP shared their (the people of Edo) hope for a re-entry into the main stream of Nigerian politics.
He said, “However, to our disappointment, the results as declared by INEC did not go our way.
“As a party that respects the institutions of democracy, and in demonstration of the spirit of sportsmanship which is the acclaimed principle of the PDP under the leadership of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, we call on all our supporters to accept this results as declared by INEC.
“We congratulate the winner for this victory.
“This is however, without prejudice to our right to seek redress if we observe from our field reports any foul play.
“We therefore urge our supporters to remain calm,law abiding and resist any temptation to take the law into their hands.”