President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kayode Fayemi over his victory in Saturday’s governorship election.
After a keenly contested poll, Fayemi beat Prof Olusola Kolapo of the Peoples Democratic Party to return to the seat he vacated after his stunning defeat to Governor Ayodele Fayose in 2014.
Buhari, in a statement through his spokesman Femi Adesina on Sunday, commended the APC and its supporters for winning the just concluded Ekiti governorship election.
The president also applauded security agencies for creating the right atmosphere for the relatively peaceful conduct of the polls, urging them to sustain the peace.
He 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.”
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”.
Furthermore, Buhari 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.
He then called on the governor-elect to be magnanimous in victory and get down to the task of delivering “purposeful and responsible governance.”