The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said its defeat in the March 9 governorship elections in Imo and Oyo States was largely due to the people’s disenchantment in the performance of the Governors.
The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Lanre Isa-Onilu, over the weekend made this disposition on behalf of the party.
“You could see that we lost the presidential election in Oyo and Ondo State where we have sitting governors.
“But because we didn’t want to condone impunity, we did all we did in Imo State in a way to undermine ourselves, and the choice we had was to accept what would have amounted to the impunity so that we could win Imo State, but we said no, we would rather do what is decent,” he said.
He said the APC should be commended for not using its power of incumbency, for had it been the People’s Democratic Party who lost, they would have mobilized all the resources of coercion at their disposal to ensure victory for their candidates.
“I will tell you that the only reason that happened was because this party has provided a platform for people to go and face the electorate and for the electorate to pass judgement on the people that had been put forward without anybody doing anything against it.” he continued.
Onilu further said the 2019 general elections recorded impressive milestones that should be commended, citing examples of the Oyo State governor who couldn’t win the Senate and that of Godswill Akpabio.
Meanwhile, the governorship candidate of APC in Imo State, Uzodinma has petitioned the election tribunal, urging it to declare him winner of the election, having polled majority of the votes cast at the election.
Uzodinma further argued that the INEC did not comply with the Electoral Act 2010 and INEC guidelines for 2019 general election when it recruited relatives of the PDP candidate as Collation and Returning Officers in most of the local government areas in the state during the election.”