Fayemi pledges to restore Ekiti values as Buhari urges magnanimity in victory

APC win Ekiti

The governor-elect of  Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has described his victory in Saturday’s governorship election as one “for reclaiming the land and restoring Ekiti values.”

Ekiti State Governor-elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi  and wife savouring Saturday's election victory in Ado Ekiti

Ekiti State Governor-elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi and wife savouring Saturday’s election victory in Ado Ekiti

Fayemi spoke on Sunday while addressing the newsmen in Isan-Ekiti shortly after he was declared the winner of the governorship election.

He said: “The victory of this election, I believe, is for reclaiming the land and restoring the values of our people.

“Our values in Ekiti are respect for our leaders, commitment to our people, non-brigandage, nor criminality and so on.

“This victory is a victory for all, it is not a victory for only Gov.  Kayode  Fayemi, it is a victory for all the Ekiti people.’”

Fayemi also described his victory as significant to the future of democracy in Nigeria.

“This was just not an Ekiti election, I want people to understand that this election has a lot of significance to the future of democracy in Nigeria.

“The fact that we have witnessed a free, fair and transparent election process has huge importance for similar exercises like Osun State next door to us and eventually the national elections in February 2019,” he said.

The governor-elect thanked all the APC leaders, including President Muhammadu Buhari, National Leader of the APC,  Sen. Bola Tinubu, former governor of  Ogun,  Chief Segun Osoba, former interim Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande,  as well as party leaders in the state.

He also thanked his family members, especially his wife, Bisi,  for their support during the election campaign.

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Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, who will depart for the Netherlands today, has urged Fayemi, the winner of the Ekiti State governorship election, 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 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.

From Oluwashina Iyanda

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