The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it failed to to challenge the result of the November 6 gibernatorial election in Anambra State in order to focus on rebuilding the party.
VANTAGE NEWS reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on November 10 declared Charles Soludo as the winner of the election ahead of the candidate of the PDP, Valentine Ozigbo, who came second.
The former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Soludo, polled 112,229 votes, winning all but 2 Local Government Areas.
State Secretary of the PDP, Chukwuebuka Okolie-Akirika, in an interview, said the failure of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System affected the party but it wont challenge the outcome.
He said, “We don’t believe in heating the polity unnecessarily. What happened was unfortunate. The Bimodal Voter Accreditation System failed extensively on that day.
“We decided to take it in good faith and concentrate on rebuilding and offer Ndi Anambra the opportunity to constructively engage the incoming government by offering credible and alternative opposition so that in the fullness of time, people would have the opportunity to know that the PDP would have done better than APGA,” Okolie-Akirika said.
“In essence, we don’t want to go to the tribunal. Ndi Anambra have spoken. Rightly or wrongly, so be it.
“So, what we have resolved to do is to put our house in order, get ready for the next general elections and provide an alternative government for Ndi Anambra through constructive criticism.”
The PDP called on Soludo to lead the people of Anambra by changing the bad policies of the current administration.
“He should concentrate on changing the bad aspects or policies of the incumbent government, especially financial rascality and imprudence, and make sure that policies that touch the lives of Ndi Anambra were given priority over projects that cannot be achieved.
“He shouldn’t be carried away by projects like building an international conference centre when for the past eight years, there was no international event in Anambra State. There are so many hotels. Why is the government spending scarce resources to build an ICC?”
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