President Muhammadu Buhari reacted to the victory of Kayode Fayemi in the Ekiti State gubernatorial election, saying that Ekiti people will soon begin to experience “purposeful and responsible governance”.
In his congratulatory message issued by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, Buhari said the people of Ekiti demonstrated their will by voting in Fayemi.
Buhari advised the losers of the election to accept the defeat and seek resolution only through the law court if aggrieved.
The president also congratulated all the members and supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for “the hard-fought victory after a dignified campaign.”
“President Buhari urges the governor-elect 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,” the statement read.
“He commends the people of the state for their matured and peaceful conduct as they made their choice using the power of the ballot.
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“President Buhari also lauds the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for adequate preparations and displaying impartiality throughout the process.
“He applauds 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 commends local and international observers and monitors for their vigilance and contributions towards the relatively hitch-free exercise.
“The president urges 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.
“President Buhari appeals 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.”
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