President Buhari Congratulates Fayemi over Governorship Election Victory
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Dr. John Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for emerging victorious at yesterday’s governorship election in Ekiti State. The President’s message is conveyed in a press release published on the social media page of Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.
Dr. Fayemi beat over 30 candidates, including the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Professor Kolapo Olushola. He polled 197,459 votes while Olushola, his closest rival, got 178, 121 votes. Dr. Fayemi was also victorious in 11 of the 16 Local Government Areas of Ekiti State.
Consequently, Professor Idowu Olayinka, Chief Returning Officer of National Electoral Commission (INEC), has announced “that John Olukayode Fayemi of the APC, having satisfied the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes, is hereby declared the winner and is hereby returned elected.”
Here is the President’s congratulatory message on that outcome, as conveyed by Femi Adesina:
STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE
PRESIDENT BUHARI CONGRATULATES GOV-ELECT FAYEMI OF EKITI STATE
President Muhammadu Buhari heartily congratulates Dr. John Kayode Fayemi on winning the Ekiti State governorship election.
The President commends the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate and all party supporters for the hard-fought victory after a dignified campaign.
President Buhari urges the governor-elect and APC members to be magnanimous in victory as the incoming administration prepares to unfold a new lease of life for the people of Ekiti State through purposeful and responsible governance.
He commends the people of the State for their matured and peaceful conduct as they made their choice using the power of the ballot.
President Buhari also lauds the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for adequate preparations and displaying impartiality throughout the process.
He applauds the security agencies for creating the right atmosphere for the relatively peaceful conduct of the polls and urges them to sustain the peace.
He also commends local and international observers and monitors for their vigilance and contributions towards the relatively hitch-free exercise.
The President urges 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.
President Buhari appeals 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.
“In all this, the people of Ekiti State have spoken loud and clear, and democracy has won again,” the President notes.
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
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