Sunday 15 July 2018

Obasanjo, Saraki, Dankwambo Speak On Fayemi’s Victory in Ekiti

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Senate President  Bukoola Saraki and President Aspirant under PDP< Governor Dankwambo of Gombe State have the Governor-elect of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi on his victory in the just concluded Ekiti gubernatorial election.

“Indeed, your success at the polls after a hard fought campaign is proof that the people of Ekiti State value your leadership and appreciate the efforts you have made thus far on their behalf,” Mr Obasanjo said in the letter dated July 15. “I salute you and all those who worked for your re-election.”

The former President, who said he received news of Mr Fayemi’s election while on transit to Beijing, China, described the politician’s victory as a huge feat.
He added, “You will agree with me, no doubt, that the outcome of the election broadly reflects the choice of your people, who have, by their conduct, visibly demonstrated that they cherish you and will do their utmost to make you succeed.

“I urge you, therefore, to reciprocate their trust by doing everything you can to strengthen their faith in democracy and in its ability to bring about improved material conditions and better service delivery to them.
“You have fought and won the election and deserve to savour the victory. As you rejoice, however, I would urge that you should be magnanimous in victory and stretch a hand of fellowship to the other candidates who failed in their bid for elected office.

“Such a gesture is not only charitable but should also help at this time to cool passions in the wider interest of Ekiti State in particular and Nigeria at large.

“I felicitate with you, once again, on your renewed mandate and, as you prepare for another four years at the helm of affairs of Ekiti State, I extend best wishes for your good health and the continued progress of Ekiti State under your able leadership.”

Although Mr. Obasanjo is opposed to Mr. Fayemi’s party, the All Progressives Congress, (APC), he appeared to prefer the victory of the party in this particular election.
The former President had in 2006 masterminded the impeachment of the state’s then and current governor, Ayo Fayose, from office. Mr. Fayose was at the time accused of monumental corruption.

In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Senate President Bukola Saraki stated that Fayemi should use his second-coming to continue the people-centred policies and programmes of his first term. He urged Fayemi to grow the State’s economy in order to leave behind a sustainable legacy. The Senate President said the victory was a sign that the people of Ekiti State still have confidence in the former minister’s ability to provide good governance and render efficient service to the state and its people. 

He also advised the Governor-elect to maintain his focus on how to bring more development to the State and improve the standard of living of the people. The Senate President also urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the law enforcement and security agencies, the government and entire electorate to learn some lessons from the Ekiti State gubernatorial election, which has served as a forerunner to the 2019 General Elections and ensure that all areas of complaints and inadequacies are corrected before a similar election in Osun State and the 2019 general elections. He said, 

“To ensure that the Nigeria people have continued trust and faith in our electoral system, we must continue to work to improve our electoral policies and practices. We must look into the issues that have been identified in this last election to ensure that they are not repeated in the upcoming Osun Gubernatorial election, and during the 2019 elections. Definitely, the 2019 elections must be better in all ramifications than the 2015 polls.” Saraki prayed that God will bless and guide the Governor-elect as he prepares to assume office, and called for a smooth transition between the outgoing government and the incoming one. 

Meanwhile, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State also joined former governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta in congratulating Dr. Kayode Fayemi, of the All Progressives Congress, over his victory in the Ekiti governorship election on Saturday, even as the PDP condemned the poll. Dankwambo, a PDP presidential aspirant, in a tweet said: “We gave all the necessary support to our party and the candidate, Professor Kolapo Olusola Eleka to win the #EkitiDecides2018, but sadly we lost. 

In life, you win some and lose some. Congratulations to the winner, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi.” His statement was in sharp contrast to the position of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which rejected “in its entirety”, the outcome of the election, echoeing the local branch in Ekiti.

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Mr. Fayose surprisingly returned to office by defeating Mr. Fayemi in the 2014 election. But he has remained one of the most consistent critics of Mr. Obasanjo, abusing the former leader from time to time.
It appears the former president wanted PDP defeated in Ekiti as punishment for Mr. Fayose.

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