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Monday, 28 November 2016

Alliance for Democracy (AD) candidate at the Ondo State governorship election, Olusola Oke, has conceded defeat to the All Progressives Congress (APC) nominee and eventual winner of the elections, Rotimi Akeredolu.

Oke who lost the APC primaries to Akeredolu before defecting to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and finally to AD, called for peace amongst his supporters, noting that political parties lured voters with money during the November 26 election although there were no incidents of rigging.

According to Oke,
"The open and free use of money to purchase votes, during the election by the ruling parties remains a sad commentary on our electoral process. This requires urgent intervention by government if the much publicized anti-corruption agenda of the Federal Government must have meaning to Nigerians.

"Offer of money for votes is worse than looting the government treasury. Apart from compromising the dignity of the people, it provides a fertile training ground for future looters of government treasury. The consequence of it is to render the anti-corruption fight a farce.

"There may be no economic matter more urgent, difficult to unravel and more sensitive to the pursuit of the average person in Ondo State than the current indignity foisted on the people by poverty orchestrated by maladministration and priority misplacement by the current administration. We hope the incoming administration will address the problem of poverty so that the integrity of our electoral process will be restored.

" The incoming government therefore must urgently address the issue of ravaging poverty in the state through: Industrialization; Job/Wealth Creation; Rural Integration; Infrastructural Development; Security."
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