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'A Painful Loss' – President Jonathan Reacts On Osun Gov Poll



The just concluded Osun state gubernatorial election which saw Rauf Aregbesola of the All Progressives Congress, winning the election no doubt threw the party in jubilation.
The same cannot be said of the ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as President Jonathan, yesterday, said it was painful that the party lost the Saturday’s governorship election in Osun State to the All Progressives Congress.
This statement was made by the Special Adviser to President Jonathan on Political Affairs, Prof. Rufa’i Alkali, while conducting a facility tour on Goodluck 2 Goodluck (G2G) 2015 Project national headquarters in Abuja.
He said: “Today we would have celebrated Osun victory. It is however, a very painful day for us because the PDP candidate and the party had completed their home work and we know the people of Osun are tired of what is happening in the state, but here we are.
“I hope the APC, which is in the habit of complaining of having security agencies in ensuring enabling environment for election and is consistent in controversy and rejecting election results, will reject this Osun state gubernatorial election result.”
It would be recalled that prior to the Election, President Jonathan had said PDP will win saying: “Omisore’s time has come …God’s time is the best’’.
Meanwhile President Goodluck Jonathan in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, congratulated Governor Aregbesola and said the peaceful conduct of the election reaffirmed his administration’s determination to positively reform Nigeria’s electoral processes.
Jonathan said as Aregbesola prepared to begin a second term in office, he looked forward to continuing to work with him and other state governors to further improve the living conditions of Nigerians in Osun and other states.
The statement read: “President Jonathan congratulates Governor Aregbesola of Osun State on his victory in Saturday’s governorship election in the state.
“The President commends INEC and national security agencies for ensuring that the election   was    free, fair, credible and peaceful in keeping with the avowed commitment of his administration.
“President Jonathan also applauds the people of Osun State who came out en masse   to peacefully and freely exercise their democratic right, trusting in his assurance that all necessary measures had been taken to ensure their safety and the sanctity of their votes.
“The President believes that the free, fair and peaceful conduct of the elections have fully reaffirmed his administration’s determination to positively reform Nigeria’s electoral processes.
“The outcome of the election has also given the lie to the false, unfair and uncharitable allegations that measures put in place by the Federal Government for the Ekiti and Osun state elections were partisan and designed to achieve a favourable outcome for his party.
“He wishes Gov. Aregbesola continued good health and a successful second term in office.”
He however commended Independent National Electoral Commission and the security agencies for the roles they played in ensuring that the election was free, fair, credible and peaceful.

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