By Ikenna Omeje
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has wished all the successful candidates in the February 23 National Assembly elections in Kwara state well.
Saraki said that despite reported cases of inadequacies during the Saturday’s elections in the State, he wished the candidates that emerged victorious well.
In a statement issued by Yusuf Olaniyonu, his Special Adviser on Mediand Publicity, the Senate President noted that while the election wasenerally peaceful, there were shortcomings such as card readers not used in over 70 percent of the polling units while there were cases of multiple voting, over-voting and other discrepancies that were reported by agents of his party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) across the state.
He, however, stated that his party will take a position on the next line of action to take in response to the inadequacies they identified during the election.
The statement read: “However, whatever the final outcome of the election, I wish the candidates that have emerged all the best in their attempts to serve our people. It is my prayers that the good people of Kwara State will always have the best from any government both at state and federal levels.
“As a product of a family and a political structure that is, from its foundation, devoted to the service and development of our state and its people, it is my wish that our people will always have a good deal at all times. The new development will even provide the people the opportunity to compare and contrast. After all, the people who have emerged from last Saturday’s election are not my enemies. They are fellow Kwarans.
“As we prepare for the March 9, 2019Governorship and House of Assembly elections, let me reiterate my position that the candidates of the PDP in the election represent the best materials for our dear State, Kwara. Therefore, I enjoin our people to come out en mass on Election Day and vote for them. I am going to work with our party leaders to further sell the PDP candidates to the general public.
“I thank all Nigerians for their goodwill and to enjoin all of us that as we patiently await the outcome of the Presidential election, we pray for peace, unity and genuine development in our country. It is also our prayers that at all times, the wish of the people will always prevail in the choice of the leadership and the electorate will always enjoy the benefit of good governance.”
Recall that the Senate President lost his bid for reelection into the Senate from Kwara Central to Dr. Ibrahim Oloriegbe of the All Progressives Congress, in Saturday’ s Senatorial election in an uncommon fashion.
Oloriegbe polled a total of 123, 808 votes to defeat the Senate President who scored 68, 994 votes in the four local governments of Kwara Central Senatorial District .