Adams Oshiomhole, former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said contrary to what many may think, he is not down after his candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, lost the Edo State governorship election to Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday.
He said the result is not enough reason for him to be down, insisting that he is happy and life goes on.
Oshiomhole said this while speaking to GEE Africa TV in his first interview after the result of the election was announced.
“You know in life, you work hard and leave God for the outcome, you do your best and trust God to bless your effort,” he said.
“I feel good, I feel healthy thank God, I feel strong thank God. In life you win some and you lose some but life goes on. I want to thank everybody, I am sure a lot of people think comrade is down but I am not down. When God says you are not down, you are not down and I am not down.”
Oshiomhole thanked the people of the state for their support. He added that he was moved to tears when he saw elderly women sitting down on the election day determined to cast their votes even as card readers were not functional.
“I thank Edo people for all they did over the past two, three, four, six weeks, people under the rain under the sun, young ladies carrying babies on their back, I saw elderly women struggling to see my small face, and on election day I was moved to tears when I saw elderly women of 70 to 75 sitting down because the card readers were not working and they were not frustrated with that, they struck me with that. If at their age, they didn’t give up, why should I give up?”
“And I ask our people to have faith in our country, you cannot have faith in another country,” he said.
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“I have only have one passport and I am not about to apply for any other passport. This country, we must make it great, we must strengthen democracy, we must improve on it. No matter the outcome of an election or a particular edition of the process, have faith in God and have faith in our country. God bless you all.”