*PDP Insists APC Rigged Election
President Muhammadu Buhari has extended a congratulatory message to Saturday’s Ekiti Governorship Election winner, Dr Kayode Fayemi.
In a press release issued from the desk of the Presidency, Buhari thanked all the APC members, agents and supporters that contributed massively to the success of Saturday’s Election.
The President commends the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate and all party supporters for the hard-fought victory after a dignified campaign.
President Buhari urges the governor-elect and APC members to be magnanimous in victory as the incoming administration prepares to unfold a new lease of life for the people of Ekiti State through purposeful and responsible governance.
He commends the people of the State for their matured and peaceful conduct as they made their choice using the power of the ballot.
President Buhari also lauds the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for adequate preparations and displaying impartiality throughout the process.
He applauds the security agencies for creating the right atmosphere for the relatively peaceful conduct of the polls and urges them to sustain the peace.
He also commends local and international observers and monitors for their vigilance and contributions towards the relatively hitch-free exercise.
The President urges the losers to be gallant in conceding defeat and use constitutional means to settle whatever grievances they may have rather than resort to self-help.
President Buhari appeals to all stakeholders in Ekiti State to work towards a successful transition to a new administration in the higher interest of not only the State but the entire nation and its fledgling democratic experience.
“In all this, the people of Ekiti State have spoken loud and clear, and democracy has won again,” the President notes.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the results of Saturday’s Governorship Election that saw All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi announced as winner of the poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti, Jackson Adebayo, said a reaction to the outcome of Saturday’s election would come after the party’s meeting later today.
The statement said, “The PDP has however noted how some compromised INEC officials are allowing the hirelings of the APC to attack and chase away our party’s agents at the collation centres, particularly in our electoral areas of stronghold.
“PDP, in very strong terms, therefore cautions INEC to be guided and ensure that it is not pushed by the APC or any interest, for that matter, to subvert the will of the people as that would be a recipe for crisis.”
By Augustine Akhilomen