Almost 40 days after his loss at the March 9 governorship election in Oyo State, Chief Bayo Adelabu, who contested on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has described how he felt following the announcement of the results which gave victory to his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Seyi Makinde.
In a post on his social media accounts Wednesday afternoon, Adelabu revealed that he had to immediately embark on vacation to the United States to recuperate from the stress of electioneering, spend time with his family and also deal with the realiy of his loss.
“Like everyone of our supporters, I personally had to struggle for some time to come to terms with the realities of the disappointing results of the election” he said in the post.
He also thanked his teeming supporters, especially the 357,982 people who voted for him. Makinde polled 515,621 votes in the election.
Below is the post retrieved from his social media pages. Probably due to a technical error from his end, the post is incomplete.
Good day to you my people. 2019 elections have come and gone. I want to thank you profusely for the uncommon support, morally, financially and spiritually that you showed me during the last Gubernatorial election. I’m eternally grateful and indebted to you and I believe it’s only the Almighty Allah that can pay you back and in folds too. Once again, God himself knows the sincerity of our intentions and genuineness of our purpose, so our sacrifices are not in vain, but remain an innocent investment in the desired prosperity of our dear state. Whatever happens to a man is either a blessing or a lesson. However in this case, it’s both a blessing “in disguise” and a lesson to come out a better and stronger person. Electoral losses, as read in history, have made great leaders come out stronger, better and more successful and never to depress or discourage them. I take solace in the persistence and tenacity of our 357,000 strong genuine voters (which is larger than what ushered in the last three successive governors) and kindness of history and posterity. The devil is in the details like they say, as a first timer, with 357,000 genuine votes, we remained the single strongest candidate in the 2019 Guber elections claimed to be displaced by the conspiracy or coalition of five other Guber candidates. This also gave out our party as the single strongest and most popular party in the last elections. All these should not go unnoticed and should prepare us better for challenges ahead. My apology for the delay in reaching out, being close to 40days now after the elections. Like everyone of our supporters, I personally had to struggle for some time to come to terms with the realities of the disappointing results of the election and just returned from a two weeks vacation abroad, where i took some time to rest, spent time with my family and reflected on the way forward. Notwithstanding the shocking and unfavourable outcome of the elections, i still thank the Almighty Allah for seeing us through a well orchestrated electioneering campaign devoid of casualties, which I believe will go down in history as one of the most flamboyant, issue based and all inclusive campaign ever in t