The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Anambra State governorship election, Mr. Oseloka Obaze has reversed himself and conceded victory to Governor Willie Obiano.
Obaze had on Sunday rejected the election result, claiming inconsistencies in the outcome.
So also has the All Progressives Congress, whose candidate, Dr. Tony Nwoye, took part in the election, conceded to Obiano.
Obaze at a news conference in Awka on Monday congratulated Obiano and said he had put everything behind him.
He said although he had earlier issued a statement rejecting the result soon after it was released, he had no intention of dragging the process any further.
He said he not would beleaguer the state with unnecessary and prolonged litigation.
He said: “I wish to congratulate His Excellency, Governor Willie Obiano and his running mate, Dr. Nkem Okeke, on their victory at the November 18 governorship election, I wish both of them well.
“I salute my other fellow contestants for their valiant efforts and decorum during the campaigning, thank you for promoting peace.
“Before now, I had expressed concerns about the contradicting variables that that led to the electoral outcome.
“I have closed the chapter on this particular election, we must now move on and return to the task of promoting good governance and the wellbeing of Anambra people.”
Obaze, however, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to take a critical look at its Information Communication Technology operations.
He said observed flaws in malfunctioning card readers, uniformity of victory trends in favour of a particular candidate and a situation where no other candidate showed strength anywhere were serious causes for concern.
He explained: “In that context, INEC needs to undertake an introspective appraisal of its in-house operations and moreso relating to its ICT operations.
“I thank, in a very special way, former Governor, Peter Obi and his dear wife, for their unfettered support, I also thank my running mate, Lady Chidi Onyemelukwe and her husband, Okey, for their joint role, warmth and added value to our efforts.”
Obaze used the opportunity to pay tribute to former President, Alex Ekwueme, who died in London on Sunday.
He said: “On this sad note, I close by paying tribute to a father figure, my father’s friend, my mentor and father of my running mate, Dr Alex Ekwueme, who passed on last night.
“May his soul find eternal rest and may his family, friends and Nigeria find the fortitude to bear the huge loss.”