President Muhammadu Buhari, who has urged Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, governor-elect of Ekiti State to be magnanimous in victory .
In a message of congratulations to the governor-elect, Buhari described the election as ‘hard fought’. In the statement by Femi Adesina, the media special adviser, Buhari commended the All Progressives Congress (APC) governor-elect and all party supporters for the hard-fought victory after a dignified campaign. President Buhari with APC Gubernatorial Candidate in Ekiti State Dr Kayode Fayemi and APC Chieftain Bisi Akande President Buhari urged Fayemi 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 commended 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 lauded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for adequate preparations and displaying impartiality throughout the process. He applauded 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 commended local and international observers and monitors for their vigilance and contributions towards the relatively hitch-free exercise.
The President also urged the losers to be gallant in conceding defeat and to use constitutional means to settle whatever grievances they may have rather than resort to self-help. President Buhari 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. “In all this, the people of Ekiti State have spoken loud and clear, and democracy has won again,” the President noted.
The ruling APC in its congratulatory message to Fayemi, 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.
“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.
Reacting to Fayemi’s victory, former Special Adiser to Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri described the election as ‘federal military invasion’
“Ekiti’s election was NOT free and fair. It was more of a federal military invasion than an election.
“Even with APC’s questionable victory, I remind Buhari of history: PDP WON Ekiti’s gubernatorial election in 2014 but LOST the 2015 Presidential election. It is not yet Uhuru for PMB!” he tweeted