- Oseloka Obaze insisted that there were various complaints during the exercise and that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) must look into such cases
- Obaze congratulated Willie Obiano and said he has no intention to challenge the governor's electoral victory
- He also commended other contestants in the election for showing maturity throughout the period the exercise lasted
Oseloka Obaze, the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the just concluded Anambra governorship election, has changed his stand on the outcome of the exercise and congratulated Willie Obiano.
Governor Obiano was declared winner of the election after he defeated the other candidates including Obaze, who initially rejected the outcome of the exercise alleging massive rigging of the process.
At a news conference in Awka, the capital of Anambra state, on Monday, November 20, Obaze said he had put the issue behind him.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Obaze said even though he earlier rejected the result of the election, he does not have any intention to challenge it.
“I wish to congratulate His Excellency, Governor Willie Obiano and his running mate, Dr Nkem Okeke on their victory at the November 18 governorship election, I wish both of them well.
“I salute my other fellow contestants for their valiant efforts and decorum during the campaigning, thank you for promoting peace.
“Before now, I had expressed concerns about the contradicting variables that led to the electoral outcome.
“I have closed the chapter on this particular election, we must now move on and return to the task of promoting good governance and the wellbeing of Anambra people,” he said.
Obaze, however, noted that the exercise was flawed with various complaints including malfunctioning card readers.
“In that context, INEC needs to undertake an introspective appraisal of its in-house operations and more so relating to its ICT operations,” he said.
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) congratulated Governor Willie Obiano on his electoral victory at the Anambra gubernatorial polls held on Saturday, November 18.
The APC, which came a distant second at the election, appealed to all candidates and political parties who participated in governorship poll to accept the outcome in good faith.
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