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”Edo Polls clearly showed APC was going to win, I don’t know what happened” – El-rufai

Valentine Chinyem



Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai, on Monday while featuring on a programme anchored by Channels Television, said he is shocked at the result of the governorship election in Edo state.

He said, opinion poll conducted before the election had showed that the All Progressives Congress and its candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, would win the Edo State governorship election.

El-Rufai, who also admitted that the election was reasonably fair, said, “We (APC) would have loved to win and quite frankly, I was optimistic up to three weeks ago; the polls indicated that we were going to win. I don’t know what happened in the last three weeks of the campaign.

“As you know, a large number of voters make up their minds in the last two weeks of the election. Many voters decide no matter what happens, this is how I am voting but most people want to wait and make up their minds in the last two weeks.

“Three weeks ago, the polls clearly showed that APC was going to win but the result came out differently from what we expected. Obaseki has won, that’s it. You can’t go into an election without the possibility of losing.

“The election was reasonably decent. We were all worried about violence but there was very little violence or none at all.”