ONE of the Presidential Candidates under the banner of the Social Democratic Party (SDP),
Adewole Adeboya has conceded victory to the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the winner of the just concluded Presidential election held on February 25, 2023.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is yet to conclude the Collation of the results but the results released so far indicated Tinubu is leading others.
Mr Adebayo, in a tweet via his verified Twitter handle on Tuesday afternoon, also advised the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party (LP), Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi respectively, to also accept defeat and congratulate Mr Tinubu.
In a telephone interview with newsmen, Mr Adewole, who confirmed the authenticity of the tweet, said his action and appeal to his counterparts in the other parties became necessary following “the path they now toe which could lead Nigeria to a serious crisis.”
At exactly 3:46p.m on Tuesday, Mr Adebayo shared his tweet, saying: “Chinua Achebe was right that leadership is the problem of Nigeria. Where are the true leaders? Same drama every election year is not progress. @GEJonathan saved us in 2015. It is now time for @atiku and @PeterObi to show that they love Nigeria. Time to call @officialABAT is now.
“I have more grievances than all the presidential candidates combined. I’m least satisfied with the results. I am dissatisfied with the choice of the electorate. It is the prerogative of the people to make unwise choices but the choice is clear. We can be more honest all around.”
According to Mr Adebayo, the message became necessary due to the actions of both the Labour Party and the PDP. He said the two opposition political parties are playing into the hands of the enemies of Nigeria.
He said: “What are we doing all this drama for? Why did we then criticise Trump? All the troubles Trump made, all the damage he caused, he still had to leave. So the process is usually like that.
“So I am just appealing. I’m not saying people cannot complain, but if this country would make any progress, this result is clear enough. Even though I am not happy with it, I have accepted the verdict for the sake of this country.”
Mr Adebayo said he would never have recommended the ruling APC to any Nigerian to be voted for, but he said he agreed that it was the choice made by the electorate. “We all know that elections have consequences and people should be left to bear the consequences of their decision.”
“Normally if everybody was sitting at the collation centre quietly, and were waiting for the result to be announced, and choose to head to court afterwards, there wouldn’t have been any need for this message. But these press conferences that these two parties are organizing and the way they are rallying the public, misrepresenting their grievances, which is just a technical matter, is the reason I am speaking out,” he added.
“So I would have ordinarily waited for the result to be announced and if my party decided to approach the court I wouldn’t stop them.”
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Commendation for ex-President GEJ
The presidential candidate also commended former President Goodluck Jonathan for what he described as his statesmanly conduct in 2015.