The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur yesterday described the defeat of his party by Governor Adams Oshiomhole at last Saturday’s gubernatorial election as a painful loss.
Tukur in two separate letters to the candidate of PDP in the election, General Charles Ehigie Airhiavbere, rtd and the State Chairman of the party, Chief Dan Orbih noted that it was a painful loss against the backdrop of the level of preparation and mobilization on the part of the party.
The PDP National Chairman who commended the efforts of Airhiavbere and Orbih put into the July 14 governorship election, however pleaded with them to keep the party and the family together.
According to Tukur in the two letters bearing the same message, dated July 19, 2012 and entitled “letter of appreciation, “I would like to put on record your efforts in the just concluded Edo State gubernatorial elections in which we lost.
”Though a painful loss, considering the quantum of preparation and mobilization which the party mustered towards the election, I identify with the spirited effort and discipline demonstrated by the party under your good leadership.
”Reconciling all members of the party as a precursor to rebuilding the PDP is a task in which I solicit your usual cooperation and support.
”I encourage you to keep the PDP family intact. We shall re-strategise and build on your present commitment to reclaim Edo State for PDP, God willing.
”Kudos to all those who laboured with you while the campaign and election lasted.”