The All Progressive Congress (APC) has finally conceded defeat at the Edo governorship election held last weekend.
This came hours after the national leadership of the party led by Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee, Mai Mala Buni, met with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday at the presidential Villa, Abuja.
This also came a day after the state chapter of the party rejected the outcome of the election.
In a statement authored by Mr Buni, the national ruling party described the exercise which began on Saturday and ended Sunday as free, fair and credible while congratulating Godwin Obaseki, declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“Edo State Governorship election is over, the winner has been declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission in the person of the Mr. Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the People Democratic Party,” he said.
“We hereby congratulate the winner of the election, the people of Edo State and all Nigerians. The peaceful conduct of the election and its outcome represent victory for Nigeria’s democracy.
“As a party, we join our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, to affirm our ‘commitment to free and fair elections’ in order to strengthen ‘the foundation for our political and moral authority.
“We commend INEC, our security agencies and all political parties that contested the election for the successful conduct of the election. As a governing party, we will take every step necessary to support the Federal Government to consolidate all the gains achieved,” the Yobe State governor added.