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Be humble in victory, Buhari tells Akeredolu

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday congratulated Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, on his re-election.

He also urged him to be humble and magnanimous in victory.

Akeredolu was re-elected for another term of four years on Saturday after he outscored the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, his estranged deputy, Agboola Ajayi, and 13 other candidates in the election.

Buhari, according to a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, advised the governor to serve the people of the state better than in his first term.

He also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for organising a credible election in the state.

The statement read: “President Muhammadu Buhari rejoices with Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) on his re-election as Governor of Ondo State for another four-year term.

“The president lauds the resounding victory of the governor at the election held on Saturday, October 10, 2020, noting that the votes garnered ‘show that one good turn surely deserves another.’

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“He thanks the people of Ondo State for keeping faith with their Governor, and the All Progressives Congress, noting that ‘the people know the person and party that truly serves them, and have spoken in clear voice and unmistakable terms.’

President Buhari appreciates the electorate in Ondo State for comporting themselves decently and in order, and for exhibiting conduct that indicates that the country is making progress in its electoral behaviour.

“He also gives kudos to the Independent National Electoral Commission for organising credible, free and fair election, and to security agencies which ensured that orderliness was enthroned and maintained.

“The president urges Governor Akeredolu to be humble and magnanimous in victory, and serve the people of Ondo State even better than how he did in the first term, noting: ‘when you serve with heart and might, the people respond in like manner, and we can easily get to where we are headed as a country.”

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