President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kayode Fayemi, on his victory at the Ekiti State governorship election.
The spokesman to the President, Femi Adesina, conveyed the President’s message to Fayemi on his social media page.
The Chief Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Professor Idowu Olayinka, declared Fayemi winner of the election on Sunday.
Mr. Fayemi defeated the Deputy Governor of the state and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Professor Kolapo Olusola, and over 30 others in a keenly contested election.
He won in 11 out of the 16 local government areas of the state, polling 197,459 votes, and edging out his closest rival Olusola who got 178,121 votes by 19,338 votes.
Buhari praised “the people of the State for their matured and peaceful conduct as they made their choice using the power of the ballot.
“In all this, the people of Ekiti State have spoken loud and clear, and democracy has won again.”
The President commended INEC for adequate preparations and displaying impartiality throughout the process.
He also applauded the local and international observers and monitors for their vigilance and contributions towards the relatively hitch-free exercise but appealed to “all stakeholders in Ekiti State to work towards a successful transition to a new administration in the higher interest of not only the State but the entire nation and its fledgling democratic experience”.
He, therefore, urged the losers to be gallant in conceding defeat and use constitutional means to settle whatever grievances they may have rather than resort to self-help.
In its own congratulatory message, the APC noted that Dr. Fayemi ran an effective and positive campaign focused on his agenda of rebuilding the economy of the state and returning its lost values of integrity, prudence and decency.
A statement by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies, local and international observers, as well as other stakeholders, for their admirable role in making the Ekiti governorship election one in which the people’s will has prevailed.
“We thank the Ekiti electorate for voting en masse for our Party’s candidate. This is a demonstration of their trust and confidence in Dr. Kayode Fayemi’s ability to deliver on his campaign promises and a rejection of the crude and pedestrian politics of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“We assure the people of Ekiti, and indeed all Nigerians, that our Party is best placed to move the country forward and resolve the seemingly intractable problems that have held us back,” the APC said.