By Ignatius Okorocha
The All Progressive Grand Alliance ( APGA) has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) on the conduct of the 2019 general election in the country.
This was as the party has appealed to losers of the polls at all levels to accept defeat in good faith and cooperate with the winners to move the nation forward.
National Chairman of the party, Dr Victor Oye who spoke to journalists in Abuja yesterday said that despite the misgivings some people may have on the conduct of the election, APGA has adjudged the election as free and fair.
He said,” APGA as a political party, have our misgivings but generally the elections in our own thinking were fair. The outcome was fair because nobody gave the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) any opportunity to perform the little it has done.
“For us INEC showed immeasurable courage in ensuring that the election went the way they did particularly the, presidential election.
The presidential election was free and fair in our own estimation. It was free and fair and APGA was happy with the outcome of that election. So for us as a political party we are growing in limbs and bounds.”
APGA the chairman noted, performed creditably well at various levels of the polls in some states of the federation and would do more in future elections.
“We won six seats in the House of Assembly in IMO state, 24 out of 30 seats in the Anambra State of Assembly, five seats in the House of Representatives in Anambra State, three seats in the House Representatives in House Representatives, in Taraba State we recorded one seat from the House of Representatives, from IMO state we got three seats from House of Representatives, in addition to this was our Gwagwalada chairmanship victory in 2016 and etc.
“So our party has done very well and we are ready to do more,” he noted.
The party he noted would be conducting its congresses and national convention very soon, adding that he has few months to complete his first term in office.
“We also want to use his opportunity to announce our state congresses and national convention. We have done three years and nine months in office and we have three months to go in our first term. We shall ensure that our party constitution is followed to the letter in the elections,” he said.
He congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari for his victory at the president poll and urged Nigerians to give him all the necessary support to complete his second term in office.
“Buhari should be supported to complete his additional four years in office. Let those who lost elections at all levels accept defeat in good faith by showing sportsmanship.
“After all APGA was not treated too well in all the states but we have decided to accept it as a sacrifice for he growth of this country. Politics should not be a do or die affair. I repeat, those who have no other means of livelihood should not contest for elective position,” he noted.