Ekiti Elections: Fayemi Congratulates Fayose on His Victory
Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State and incumbent governor, John Kayode Fayemi has congratulated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), governorship candidate, Ayo Fayose for his victory at the polls.
Addressing a press conference in Ado-Ekiti, Fayemi said if the outcome of Saturday’s election was the wish of the people, “so be it.”
He said “? “I have just spoken with my brother, Mr. Peter Ayodele Fayose, congratulating him on his victory.
He said he will soon arrange a meeting with the governor-elect on how to chart a way forward for his state.
Kayode Fayemi was defeated by Ao Fayose who was a one time Governor of the state.
According to the result announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Fayose polled 203,090 votes to defeat Fayemi, who scored 120, 433 votes, while the candidate of the Labour Party, Michael Opeyemi Bamidele scored 18, 135 votes.
The statement reads:
Yesterday, Ekiti State decided. Following the gubernatorial elections held in the land of honour, Ekiti State, Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has officially returned the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the election.
If indeed this is the will of the Ekiti People, I stand in deference to your will. If the result of the elections is an expression of the voice of our people, we must all heed your voice.
I have just spoken with my brother, Mr. Peter Ayodele Fayose, congratulating him on his victory. In a few hours from now, I would be meeting the Governor-elect to discuss the future of our dear state and how we would work together to institute a smooth transition programme.
It has been a hard fought election. As expected, in the course of the campaigns, there were unsavory episodes as the candidates toured the nooks and crannies of the state to sell ourselves to the people. Elections tend to be highly divisive affairs that often see brother rising against brother. Despite our diverse party affiliations, and regardless of which way we voted on Saturday, we must remember that we are all sons and daughters of Ekiti State. Ekiti is ours to build together.
On our part, over the course of the campaigns, we presented our scorecards before the people of Ekiti State. We never at any point took your support for granted. We campaigned, we canvassed and we traversed the nooks and crannies of this State. Our performance and achievements in office will remain the backdrop against which the next government and indeed future governments will be assessed. We are proud that with the support of Ekiti people, we have raised the bar of excellence in governance. In all, we gave our best, for conscience and for posterity.
Indeed a new sociology of the Ekiti people may have evolved. However, the task of understanding how the outcome of this election has defined us as a people will be that of scholars. For us as an administration and a cadre of political leaders in Ekiti State, we have fought a good fight, we have kept faith.
To members of our party, our campaign team and indeed all Ekiti people who defied the siege on our state to cast their votes for our party, I salute your exemplary courage and doggedness in the face of harassment.
Thank you for staying the course. The incidences of brazen harassment, intimidation and allied infractions on fundamental human rights, which many of you suffered in the hands of agents of the state, would be documented and communicated to the appropriate authorities, for the records.
I thank you all for listening.
May God bless the land of honour, Ekiti State, Nigeria.
May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Dr. Kayode Fayemi
Governor, Ekiti State
Sunday, June 22, 2014
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