The chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Abdulaziz Yari, has congratulated Kayode Fayemi, the All Progressives Congress candidate, for his victory in the Ekiti Governorship election on Saturday.
The message was issued by the head, Media and Public Affairs, NGF Secretariat, Abdulrazaque Barkindo, in Abuja on Monday.
The Independent National Electoral Commission on Sunday declared Mr Fayemi as the winner of the election with 197,459 votes in the contest involving 35 candidates.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate and current Deputy Governor, Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, scored 178,121 votes to come second.
Mr Yari said elections were usually healthy contests that determined who assumed leadership for a certain period and not a victor and vanquished affair.
He said that all contestants regardless of their party manifestoes primarily were agents of governance that wished to improve the welfare of the people.
“Since the people of Ekiti have spoken, the governor-elect, who once showed humility and courage and congratulated the out-going governor four years ago should this time around also be magnanimous in victory by expressing his fervent desire to govern Ekiti for the benefit of all.”
The NGF chairman, while wishing the out-going governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, luck in his new endeavours, said NGF would miss ”his invaluable contributions at its meetings”.
Mr Yari also welcomed the incoming governor to NGF, which “Fayemi is returning as a ranking and experienced member.”
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