Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Lagos State Governor Akinwumi Ambode have congratulated Ekiti State Governor-elect Dr. Kayode Fayemi over his election victory at the July 14 Governorship Election.
Earlier, President Mugammadu Buhari sent a congratulatory message to the governor-elect.
Obasanjo’s congratulatory message is contained in a letter dated Sunday 15th July 2018, personally signed by Obasanjo.
The former president urged Fayem to extend a hand of fellowship to other contestants whom he defeated at the polls, and not to betray the confidence reposed in him by the people of Ekiti.
Obasanjo said Fayemi’s victory showed that the people of Ekiti valued his leadership and the contributions he had made in the past.
“You will agree with me, no doubt, that the outcome of the election broadly reflects the choice of your people, who have, by their conduct, visibly demonstrated that they cherish you and will do their utmost to make you succeed.
“I urge you, therefore, to reciprocate their trust by doing everything you can to strengthen their faith in democracy and in its ability to bring about improved material conditions and better service delivery to them.
“You have fought and won the election and deserve to savour the victory. As you rejoice, however, I would urge that you should be magnanimous in victory and stretch a hand of fellowship to the other candidates who failed in their bid for elected office.
“Such a gesture is not only charitable but should also help at this time to cool passions in the wider interest of Ekiti State in particular and Nigeria at large.
“I felicitate with you, once again, on your renewed mandate and, as you prepare for another four years at the helm of affairs of Ekiti State, I extend best wishes for your good health and continued progress of the state under your leadership.”
Ambode sends congratulatory message too…
Similarly, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has also sent his congratulatory message to Fayemi.
Ambode advised him to use his second coming to build on its previous achievements while he was the governor of the state.
Ambode urged him to justify the confidence the Ekiti electorate had reposed in him by voting for him during the governorship election.
Fayemi was the governor of Ekiti State between 2010 and 2014.
He was declared winner of the polls by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday morning, beating his closest rival, Prof. Olusola Eleka of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with 197,459 to 178,121 votes.
Fayemi won in 12 of the 16 councils, including the council of incumbent Gov. Ayodele Fayose.