President Muhammadu Buhari says the victory of Biodun Oyebanji at Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State has affirmed the acceptance of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Buhari, in a statement yesterday by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, congratulated Oyebanji, the candidate of the APC who was declared winner of the gubernatorial election.
He said the victory was well deserved considering his contributions to the development of the state and the party before his nomination as the standard-bearer.
He, however, urged him to be magnanimous in victory in the interest of the people of the state.
He also felicitated with the APC National Chairman, Abdulahi Adamu and the National Working Committee for the victory.
“This is a good beginning for you and your team. The APC is getting stronger and more united. The victory of our party in Ekiti is an indication of the confidence of Nigerians in the ability of our great party to deliver quality governance to all,” he said.
He charged all APC members across and outside the country to see this as a good omen for the 2023 general elections and work assiduously to ensure the party’s victory, continuing the trend with Osun State in July.
The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has rejected the results of the Ekiti State governorship election.
The party, according to its collation agent, Barrister Owoseni Ajayi, threatened to approach the tribunal for justice.
Owoseni who spoke to Daily Trust at the collation centre in Ado Ekiti alleged that the election was marred by state-sponsored violence and vote-buying.
“The election is an embarrassment to Nigeria as voters were openly induced with money by the APC. This is sad, purchasing the conscience of the people because of the level of poverty in the state. We saw this even at the presidential primaries conducted by APC and PDP,” he said.