The ruling All Progressives Congress APC has continued to bask in the euphoria of its victory in last Saturday governorship election in Ondo State, asking the opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP to exhibit the spirit of sportsmanship and concede defeat.
Chairman, Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the party, Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state gave the charge at a news conference Monday in Abuja.
Vanguard recalls that the APC had in the aftermath of its loss in the September 19 governorship election in Edo state, immediately congratulated the PDP and its candidate, Gov. Godwin Obaseki.
At the news conference on Monday, Buni also noted that in spite of the fear of violence entertained in some quarters,
“the good people of Ondo state conducted themselves peacefully to elect their governor for the next four years”.
He commended other political parties who participated in the contest but singled out the PDP to return the favour of congratulating them after the Edo election, saying elections must never be a do or die affair.
“I must not forget to commend other political parties and their candidates who put up a good fight in this election. I encourage us all to always maintain healthy competition in our quest to serve the people.
“It is said, one good turn deserves another, and just like we congratulated PDP in the Edo election, we look forward to seeing PDP and the other political parties extend similar gesture to us in the spirit of good sportsmanship. By so doing, we will make elections in Nigeria healthier and attractive, rather than making elections a do or die affair”.
The party commended President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osibanjo for their leadership roles and support in ensuring its victory.