Musa Wada, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Saturday’s Kogi State governorship election, has debunked reports that he conceded defeat to Yahaya Bello, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate and incumbent state governor.
Wada said this in an interview on Sunday, which was published on the Twitter page of the PDP.
Speculations had been rife that the PDP candidate had accepted the election result and congratulated Governor Bello after a statement purportedly signed by him entitled: “Its Time To Move On”, surfaced on social media.
According to the said statement, Wada had purportedly said he had “been overpowered by a strongman”, saying that he had come to the “conclusion that Governor Yahaya Bello is the winner of yesterday’s election, no matter how contrived”.
He supposedly added that as a general, he “knows when its time to move on”.
But speaking in an interview, Wada said there is no way he would concede to an individual who has allegedly stolen his mandate given to him by the people to serve Kogi State.
“I would be stupid to come and say that I have congratulated somebody who robbed me of my victory,” he told radio station, Nigeria Info.
Asked about his message to Kogi voters, the PDP candidate said he will utilise the judicial process to ensure his claimed victory is duly recognised.
Wada said: “Well, it is unfortunate that this has happened to them, this is a continuity of the suffering in the land that we wanted to come to change, but they should not despair. We are going to pursue this thing to a logical conclusion within the confines of the law of this country. We hope we would get justice from the judiciary because it is about the masses, not me or the party.”