Sen. Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the election of Dr Kayode Fayemi in the Saturday’s gubernatorial poll was a victory for the people of Ekiti State.
In a statement signed by his media officer, Mr Tunde Rahman, entitled – “Ekiti Election: A Victory for the People”, a copy of which was made available to newsmen in Lagos, Tinubu in a congratulatory message to Fayemi, urged him to avoid recriminations and run an all-inclusive government.
Fayemi won the election by securing 197,459 votes to defeat his closest opponent, Prof. Kalapo Olusola of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who got 178, 121 votes.
“Dr Fayemi must keep in remembrance that the people have placed their future in his safekeeping and he must justify their trust in him by doing all he can do to advance their welfare.
“I’m confident that Fayemi will keep faith with the programmes and policies of our party in order to improve the lives of the people of Ekiti.
“I know Fayemi will establish an all-inclusive government that involves all stakeholders in his administration and in the governance of the state,” he said.
The APC National leader said the people of the state had voted to take a path different from the one on which they had been.
“In Ekiti, a chapter has closed and a new one has begun; this was not done by contrivance or artifice, nor was it the product of intimidation or improper influence.
“This came about because it was the will of the people of Ekiti as expressed and manifested in the conduct of a free and fair election in that state. In voting, as they did, the people thus voted for themselves.
“Here, we must congratulate Dr Kayode Fayemi and our party, the APC, for the successful campaign that was run and for the confidence the people of Ekiti have shown in transferring the mandate to govern them into our hands,” the former governor of Lagos State said.
Tinubu said there was much apprehension and concern leading to the election that the exercise would fall into disorder.
“In the end, the election took place as it should for democratic elections are- a peaceful contest of ideas and ideologies.
“In Ekiti, two clearly different perspectives of governance stood in contest for the people to decide and decide they did.
“I make no bones that I am glad that Dr Fayemi and the APC won this contest.”
Tinubu commended the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Prof. Olusola Kolapo Eleka for not resorting to violence to get his way.
“However, I would be remiss if I did not say a good word about the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Prof. Olusola Kolapo Eleka.
“He conducted a tough and energetic campaign; he wanted this seat but, in the end, he did not resort to violence to get his way.
“He allowed the people to make their own decision and for his adherence to this democratic principle, he should be recognised,” Tinubu said.
He also commended Gov. Ayo Fayose for not crossing the line by trying to subvert the will of the people through violent means.
“The same must be said of Gov. Ayo Fayose, who tried his utmost to bring his candidate to victory but he did not cross the line by trying to subvert the will of the people through violent means.
“Dr Fayemi is a man of integrity and his government will not be one of recrimination.
“It is a government of the people and as such will focus its attention on helping the people, not suppressing yesterday’s political opponents.
”I urge Gov. Fayose and Prof. Kolapo Eleka, as prominent citizens and leaders of Ekiti, to move forward in that same spirit.
“Let there be an orderly transition from the outgoing to the incoming government,” Tinubu said.
By Oluwashina Iyanda