The Presidency on Sunday described the Peoples Democratic Party defeat in Saturday’s governorship election in Osun State as a ‘very painful day’.
The PDP candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore, lost by a wide margin to the All Progressives Congress candidate, incumbent Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, to cause a temporary setback to the ruling party’s plans to recapture the South-West.
Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Political Affairs, Prof. Rufa’i Alkali, who made this known during a facility tour of Goodluck 2 Goodluck (G2G) 2015 Project national headquarters in Abuja, however, commended the credible outcome of the poll.
He said. “Today we would have celebrated Osun victory. It is however, a very painful day for us because the PDP candidate and the party had completed their homework and we know the people of Osun are tired of what is happening in the state, but here we are.
“I hope the APC, which is in the habit of complaining of having security agencies in ensuring enabling environment for election and is consistent in controversy and rejecting election results, will reject this Osun state gubernatorial election result”.
Prof. Alkali, however, gave the Independent National Electoral Commission and the security agencies a pat on the back for the various roles they played in ensuring that the Osun election was peaceful, free and fair.
Speaking on the various groups drumming up support for the reelection of President Jonathan in 2015, the Special Adviser said “Since assumption of office, we inherited 3,000 Goodluck Support groups, some have been existing and some are new, and we felt it is only those that are serious, and that we know each and every one of them, in faces, not only on papers, know what they can do and how we can collaborate with them”.
The national coordinator of G2G and former governorship candidate of PDP in Edo state, Gen. Charles Airhiavbere (retd.) vowed that the president would return to office in 2015.
“Our target is 50 million volunteers to mobilise so as to ensure that President Jonathan wins in 2015”, he said.