This is coming following their loss in the recent Kogi State November 11 off-cycle election, and Nigerians have been reacting.
According to him, he can only admonish the opposition candidates to borrow a leaf from the APC loss in Bayelsa State by imbibing the spirit of sportsmanship and accepting the result.
He also appealed to the aggrieved politicians to seek legal redress if they are still convinced they won the poll, instead of attempting to cause unrest.
His words, “We are concerned about the post-election events and how Kogi has been bedevilled by violence. You can’t set Kogi on fire because you lost an election. Dino Melaye has refused to challenge the result in court. Melaye did not even have the confidence to vote for himself in the election. Dino should know that participating in and boycotting election is a democratic right. He should choose wisely. But he cannot stop our democratic train from heading to its destination.
Let me also say a few things about my former colleague and SDP candidate, Murtala Ajaka, who also refused to challenge the election. But in a sudden U-turn, he seemed to have changed his mind and was now planning to send a petition. Are we happy that we lost the Bayelsa election? No, we are not. But we have not resorted to any form of underhanded or undemocratic efforts to try to gain back what we lost in Bayelsa, and the state has continued to live in relative peace.
We are concerned that, as we speak, the SDP and the PDP have engaged in incendiary statements aimed at causing unrest in Kogi State and have put the totality of that blame on our party. We reject this as a political party. In Delta, our candidate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, was not announced as the winner, but he has challenged the result in court.
The APC has enormous respect for the judiciary and the role it plays in democracy. We will leave law enforcement agents to investigate.
The people of Kogi State deserve their peace. We have condemned the recent attack on INEC REC and the secretary, and we are happy the police are looking into the case. We will also implore them, as we did after the NWC meeting last week, to properly investigate the attacks and douse tension in Kogi.
There is no flawless election anywhere in the world. We also called on opposition parties in Kogi to chase their cases in court and allow the police to do their job. You cannot win by intimidating the judiciary and court justices.”
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