Ondo Governorship Election: Buhari, Saraki, Dogara, Others Congratulate Akeredolu

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(Last Updated On: 2016-11-27)

Ondo Governorship Election: Buhari, Saraki, Dogara, Others Congratulate Akeredolu

Olumide Lawal

President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President, Dr.  Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon.  Yakubu Dogara on Sunday joined other notable Nigerians to congratulate the Ondo State governor elect and All Progressive congress candidate (APC), Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN).

Akeredolu was declared winner by the Independent national Electoral Commission (INEC) in Saturday November 26 governorship election in the state.

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

In a statement by the President’s Speacial Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adeshina, Buhari rejoiced with people of Ondo State, who aligned with his belief that Akeredolu, with his pedigree, possesses qualities to transform the state into Ondo of their dreams.

“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,” said the President.

He called on other contestants in the election to see Akeredolu’s triumph as 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 INEC, Security Agencies and voters for peaceful and successful conduct of the elections.

As the Governor-elect prepares to assemble his team, and bring much desired change to the people, President Buhari urged him to put behind whatever acrimonies may have arisen from electioneering process, and reach out to all well-meaning people in the state and beyond, to implement his vision.

The President used the opportunity to assure Nigerians that the APC-led administration under his watch is committed to playing by the rules, and there would be no let-up until Nigeria attain all sphere of development

Also, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu said Akeredolu’s victory did not come to him as surprise going by his excellent credentials and years of preparedness for business of governance.

He urged the Governor-elect to be magnanimous in victory by ensuring that he works with all relevant stakeholders in arduous task of moving Sunshine State to the next level.

The Senate president specifically urged Akeredolu to fully deploy his wealth of experience garnered over many years in private legal practice in running affairs of the state.

Saraki lauded security agencies and INEC for peaceful conduct of the elections while thanking people of Ondo State for voting for APC during the elections.

He said: “The people of Ondo have made a clear choice by voting for the APC. I can only assure the good people of Ondo that the APC and its flagbearer have all it takes to wipe away your tears and provide you the dividends of democracy that have hitherto eluded you.

“With Akeredolu on the saddle of governance, I have no doubt that the state will soon witness unparalleled development both socially, economically and politically. Ondo could not have made a better choice than Akeredolu. Welcome on board!” he stated.

Meanwhile, Dogara, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, maintained that victory of the APC in the election was a proof that the party was loved by Nigerians.

The Speaker said “the election of Chief Rotimi Akeredolu and the APC in Ondo State is a clear indication of the popularity of our political party.

“I would like to congratulate Akeredolu on his victory at the poll and also commend our great party, the APC, for a thorough and successful campaign.’’

Dogara then urged stakeholders to come together and ensure that incoming APC government in Ondo State delivered mandate given by the people, in line with the party’s manifesto.

He said that “as a party, we must take our victory in Ondo State seriously since the people have placed enormous trust in us.

“We must, therefore, deliver on policies that will improve the standard of living of the people.’’

In a related development, Chairman of Progressives Governors Forum and governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha said that Akeredolu’s victory has confirmed popularity of APC in South-West and love of the people for President Muhammadu Buhari.

Okorocha also said that wide margin with which the APC candidate defeated candidates of other political parties also showed that Nigerians understood circumstances that gave rise to current recession the nation is witnessing at the moment.

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He said that those who had thought that the recession would affect the electoral fortunes of APC have now seen that they were wrong.

The Imo State Governor thanked the people of Ondo State for voting wisely and explained that that only indicated how highly intelligent they are in interpreting political development and how richly they are endowed with wisdom.

“The people of Ondo State have spoken with their votes and they spoke well. Their decision to be part of the APC government at the centre is commendable. With their votes, they have passed vote of confidence on APC and President Mohammadu Buhari. They will never be disappointed in the APC government in the state”. Okorocha said.

He congratulated the people of Ondo State for their patriotism and also congratulated, Akeredolu on his resounding victory, and urged other candidates in the election to congratulate the winner without further delay.

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant (Media), Adejuwon Soyinka, hailed Ondo people for choosing Akeredolu and the APC, saying the choice would usher in real progress in the Sunshine state.

“This is one choice that will bring unprecedented progress, infrastructural development as well as social and economic growth to the sunshine state.

“The victory of Akeredolu in the Ondo polls also portend a good omen for the collective development and progress of the Southwest geo political zone under the progressive socio-political and economic ideals of the APC,” Amosun said.

The Ogun State governor urged Akeredolu to see his emergence as an opportunity to unite the entire people of the state, regardless of political affiliation or tendency.

Also, Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) has congratulated Ondo State people for their faith in democracy and using opportunity it presents to determine direction of their future as a people.

In a statement signed by its chairman, Olawale Oshun, ARG also praised recipient of the people’s mandate, Rotimi Akeredolu, (SAN) and other candidates for pursuing their ambitions within ambit of the Rule of Law.

The group chairman said such maturity and statesmanship is needed to restore pride of Yoruba land.

The statement reads “We charge Akeredolu, as the guardian of the people’s mandate, to continuously and consistently prove himself a leader worthy of his people’s trust, by constantly communicating his vision and managing the resources of the state towards the development and wellbeing of Ondo State.

“We also charge the people to cooperate with the governor-elect, be alert to their civic duties and keep the government on that path of straight and narrow.

“We trust that Akeredolu’s administration will prioritise good governance over partisanship, in the noble and progressive tradition of Awolowo and Ajasin, which is the main reason he earned our endorsement.

“Most importantly, we are hopeful that in active collaboration with the governors of other Southwest states, Akeredolu’s emergence will make easier the pursuit of regional integration, which has already gained credible momentum in our region. We therefore call on other Yoruba governors to embrace him into their fold, in the renewed spirit of brotherhood and reconciliation in Southwest. As a pan-Yoruba sociopolitical group, ARG will continue to stand for and protect the interest of Yoruba people.”

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