- Osita Chidoka, United Progressive Party (UPP) governorship candidate, has spoken up on just concluded election in Anambra state
- Chidoka said he had accepted defeat in the election even before INEC announced the result
- He, however, declared that he lost because he would not play the usual money politics
Chief Osita Chidoka, United Progressive Party governorship candidate, has accepted defeat even before Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC)’s final declaration of the winner.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Chidoka, the former minister of aviation, accepted the defeat in a statement entitled:''Politics Anambra election: Why I lost polls” in Awka on Sunday, November 19.
''I have accepted defeat in the Anambra governorship election even as result is still being announced by the INEC.''
Chidoka said that he lost because he would not play the usual money politics. Our campaign attracted the finest and brightest of Anambra.
According to him, ''The bold and the courageous were with us as we exerted our best in running the most robust issue-based and technology-driven campaign in the history of our dear state. We attempted to change the course of events and chart a new beginning for our state.
''We believed and we dared; we engaged with all patriotic vigour as we held strongly that the long awaited time for our people to experience a new opportunity had come and we laboured for it. In all, our focus was the people; the forgotten, the poor and the disadvantaged.
''They were the prime impetus for our involvement. We beheld their agony and we strived to redirect and vent that energy through a genuine political process.''
He said the UPP heard the complaints of the people and worked to redirect them from the streets to the ballot box.
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Chidoka said he rejected god-fatherism and money politics and made personal sacrifices with small donations and goodwill of a few good men and women.
He said his campaign remained issues-based, adding that he did not attack anybody before, during and after the campaigns.
According to him, ''But from the ballots, we heard the voice of our people. We heard it loud and clear. On November 18 our people announced strongly their rejection of politicians. They traded their votes because they doubted we would truly represent their interest.
''While our message resonated with the people they doubted that the political class cared about them. They voted for the highest bidder.''
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that he congratulated Governor Obiano for recording victory in the poll even though the official results have not yet been announced by INEC.
The UPP candidate in a tweet said he called and congratulated Nkem Okeke, deputy governor of Anambra for their election victory, adding that he was unable to reach Governor Willy Obiano on the phone.
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