By Abdallah el-Kurebe, Editor
#TrackNigeria: The Peoples Democratic Party Senatorial candidate for Kaduna Central, Lawal Adamu Usman (MR LA) has responded to the electoral victory of Governor Nwisom Wike in Rivers State, saying it’s an overwhelming endorsement of the noble ideals of the PDP.
The governor was declared winner of the poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday in Lagos after a resumed collation of ballots of the poll held across the country on March 9.
Collation of the votes was suspended by INEC, which cited violence and other electoral irregularities during the election in the state, as reason.INEC declared that Wike won the election with 886,264 votes, while his opponent, Mr Biokpomabo Awara, of African Alliance Congress (AAC) trailed with 173,859 votes.
Mr LA who spoke through his media aide, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, aligned himself with the position of the PDP national leadership that described Wike’s re-election as “victory for the people of Rivers and triumph of good over evil.”
“It is true that Governor Wike’s record 700,000 votes margin of victory speaks volume of the resilience of the people of the state in the face of intimidation, harassment and manipulations by oppressive forces.
“LA agreed with the PDP leadership that the victory reinforced the confidence of the people in the resoluteness of asserting their democratic choice of leadership as well as standing in defence of their mandate to the end.
“The victory also demonstrated that the will of the people would always prevail against every form of suppression,” he noted.
He also congratulated all other governors elected on the platform of the PDP and described it as a sweeping rejection of the harsh and ineffective policies pursued in the last four years by the All Progressives Congress at the national and and the states it controlled.
LA said the victories recorded so far by the PDP just four years after the inflated progressive rhetoric that brought the APC to power are indications that the ruling party would soon be extinct.
“It is indeed cheering and encouraging that the APC has today captured more states than the APC especially with the expected restoration of the people’s mandate in such states as Kaduna, Kano, Osun, Zamfara and Niger,” the statement said.
LA noted that there are two types of political leaders: “One, who always do what the people want them to. Second, who always do what their hearts tell them to. Certainly the willingness of the elected PDP candidates to volunteer time and effort, in the service of the society has contributed to their respective electoral successes,” he said.