Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, on Monday conceded defeat in the Oyo South senatorial election which he lost to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Kola Balogun.
He said although the election was characterised by malpractices, he had decided to let go in the interest of peace.
Ajimobi’s position was contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr Bolaji Tunji.
The governor has therefore congratulated the winner of the election.
He promised that the electoral loss would not deter him from his firm resolve and that of the All Progressives Congress to work hard for the party’s victory in the governorship election billed for March 9.
He said, “The results of the Oyo South Senatorial District election have been released by INEC, indicating that I lost to the PDP candidate.
“I hereby accept the result as announced. Although there were a number of grievous infractions and established electoral malpractices, I have decided to let go in the interest of peace.
“I, therefore, congratulate the declared winner, Kola Balogun and our APC Senators-elect, Abdulfatai Buhari and Teslim Folarin.
“If I lose the ticket and the party is able to gain, then it is nothing to feel sad about. APC has done well but we can always do better.
“If we won two out of the three senatorial seats and we picked nine out of 14 federal constituency seats, then we should congratulate ourselves.”
The governor thanked the people of the state for their peaceful conduct and large turnout during the elections.
He said the people of the state displayed their love for the APC by voting massively for President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC candidates in the elections.
He said from the results released so far nationwide, the APC was coasting home to victory.
“The victory has shown the unassailable leadership of the APC in Oyo State. It has also shown that our people are appreciative of the developmental strides of the APC in the state and the country at large,” he said.
Ajimobi enjoined all APC members to prepare well ahead of the governorship election, saying that the battle is not over yet.