Akeredolu’s election tested APC’s unity – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on his electoral victory at the just concluded Ondo state governorship election.

The congratulatory message is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

The president also congratulated the chairman of the APC, John Oyegun, the chairman of the Campaign Committee, Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau, and all party faithful who put in their best and braved the odds to ensure a successful outing for the flag bearer.

“Buhari rejoices with the good people of Ondo State who aligned with his own belief that Akeredolu with his pedigree possesses the qualities to transform the state into the Ondo of their dreams,” the statement said.

“From the beginning, this election set out to be a different kind of election. The unity and resilience of the party was tested. I am happy we came out of this victorious.

“This is a huge win. The mood today is against corruption, insecurity and for the restoration of the economy and the creation of jobs.

“This is where the party stands and I am happy that the electorate has read the situation correctly.”

He called on other contestants in the election to see the triumph of Mr. Akeredolu as the wish of God and enjoined them to work together with him to make “the state a truly progressive and economically prosperous one for all.”

The president commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the security agencies and the voters for the peaceful and successful conduct of the election.

He urged the governor-elect to put behind whatever acrimonies may have arisen from the electioneering process, and reach out to all well-meaning people in the state and beyond, to implement his vision to bring the much desired change to the people.

The president assured Nigerians that the APC-led administration under his watch was committed to playing by the rules, and there would be no let-up “until we see the great nation of our dreams in all spheres of national development.”

INEC, on Sunday, declared Mr. Akeredolu winner of the governorship poll.

Mr. Akeredolu polled 244, 842 votes to beat his closest rival, Eyitayo Jegede, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who garnered 150, 380 votes.

Olusola Oke, the candidate of Alliance for Democracy (AD), scored 126, 889 to come third.

(NAN)


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  • Bright Henry

    Matured man. That’s the way it’s done

  • donMe$$i

    If anything, this election signals the end of the ‘unity’ of APC.
    So the jagaban of APC has been reduced to the jagaban of the Wailers.
    Ahahahaha!
    One by one..they must all confess that buhari is the ethno-religious oligarch stooge we told them he is.
    I dey laff ooo!

    • sunny

      Go and sit down, pdp is defeated and remain defeated.

    • Nigeriamovingforward

      Keep dreaming moron. Pdpigs are dead and buried.

    • share Idea

      Did you notice Buhari had to congratulate thr governor elect, the first undr him.

    • Julius

      What else can a biafraudian say ? All negative !!!.

  • Tanko na Mata

    Buhari is courting political neophytes and has thrown Tinubu and the mainstream SW-APC under the bus.
    Omase o!

    • Observer

      He didn’t from his statement, he seeks unity of everyone in APC, this was part of his statement:”He urged the governor-elect to put behind whatever acrimonies may have arisen from the electioneering process, and reach out to all well-meaning people in the state and beyond, to implement his vision to bring the much desired change to the people”… He 2as actually telling the Governor elect to embrace Tinubu even though he vehemently refuse to support his candidacy.

    • Julius

      Really ?

  • smart G

    The stage is set for 2019.
    PDP must implode as a matter of urgency and reborn itself.
    Now that the broth is done , it is time for all APC actors to bare their spoons.

    • Comfortkay

      Bros there is absolute nothing to be reborn of PDP. The party is dead long ago

  • Ogbeni Lanloye

    WHERE IS THE PARTY UNITY INSIDE APC WHEN EVEN IN ONDO STATE OLUSOLA OKE HAS DEFECTED
    AND CAMPAIGNED AGAINST APC AS A PARTY WITHOUT ANY SOUL OR SENSE OF TRUTH OR FAIRNESS?
    WHERE IS THE PARTY UNITY WHEN THERE’S NO CELEBRATION OF ONDO APC VICTORY IN YORUBALAND?

    • Observer

      You seem not to understand English, what will you say to this statement of the president? : “He urged the governor-elect to put behind whatever acrimonies may have arisen from the electioneering process, and reach out to all well-meaning people in the state and beyond, to implement his vision to bring the much desired change to the people.”

      I guess didn’t read the body but the headings, or you are yet to get out of shock… Come to think of it, who cares if some one defects to other party, did that changed the fact that Akeredolu wins the election? Lol

      • Ogbeni Lanloye

        IS IT ONLY BUHARI SUPPORTERS THAT ARE ALLOWED TO COMMENT HERE FOR GOD SAKE?
        THIS @OBSERVER MUST BE POSTING HIS OWN MESSAGE FROM INSIDE BUHARI’S LOUNGE.

    • Julius

      Read the President statement again !. He is the party leader calling for the party unity after the election.