Saraki Concedes Defeat, Congratulates Winner

Bukola Saraki
  • Says ‘we’ve steered affairs of Kwarans to where we’re able to, let others take over from here’

By Hammed Shittu in Ilorin

Senate President and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial candidate for Kwara central senatorial district, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Monday conceded defeat and congratulated the All Progressives Congress(APC) senatorial candidate, Dr. Yahaya Oloriegbe, who won the senatorial election.

The APC candidate, Dr. Oloriegbe, polled a total of 123,808 votes to defeat Dr. Saraki that polled the 68,994 votes.

In a statement issued in Ilorin signed by the Director General of the PDP campaign council in the state, Professor Sulaiyman Abubakar, however decribed “the outcome of the polls as painful one but old empires disappear so the new ones may emerge and hopefully reemerge again”.

The statement said, “At this level, we have steered the affair of Kwarans to where we were able to, let others take over from here. This is indeed the message our people are passing across in this symbolic moment.

“I have no regret whatsoever. I have served my state and my country to the best of my ability”.

The statement added, “I, therefore, thank all Saraki lovers across Kwara state and our nation at large for their unwavering support.

“This is certainly not the end. I will always do everything in my capacity to better the lot of Kwarans. Once again, congratulations to Dr. Yahaya Oloriegbe for his victory at the poll”.