Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State, his Plateau State counterpart, Jonah Jang, the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih, among other Nigerians and groups yesterday joined in commending the federal government, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security forces for the peaceful conduct of the governorship election in Ekiti State last weekend.
They also hailed the political parties in the state people as well as the contestants for the peaceful conduct and outcome of the election.
Chime in a congratulatory message to Fayose said the PDP in the South East zone had requested the Nigeria electorate to emulate the Ekiti State example by keeping strong faith with the party; a party it said serves the overall interest of Nigerians no matter their tribe, interest or section.
Chime described Fayose's election as a not only “a victory for the PDP, but also a triumph for democracy and the will of the people as expressed through the ballot box."
On his part, Jang described the victory of Fayose, as an honour for his service to his people.
In a press statement signed by his Director of Press, Mr. James Mannok, Jang noted that the people had demonstrated appreciation for the legacies of Fayose during his earlier service as governor of the state and urged him to strive to surpass the earlier feat.
He equally acknowledged Fayemi for his sportsmanship by accepting the results and congratulating Fayose over his victory.
Similalrly, the Imo State chapter of the PDP has described the election as not only victory to the party, but also to the Nigerian nation, even as the party commended Fayemi for quickly conceding defeat, as such acceptance depicts the quality of a true democrat.
They, therefore, congratulated Mr. President, the National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu and the leadership of the party as well as the governor-elect, the INEC, security agencies and the people of Ekiti State for the successful and peaceful conduct of the election.
“The world is now a living witness to the gains of the electoral reforms put in place and being driven by President Goodluck Jonathan,” the party said.
Also, Anenih applauded Fayose on his election as governor of the state even as he commended Fayemi, for conceding defeat and congratulating the governor-elect on his victory.
In a two-page statement issued yesterday in Abuja, Anenih paid glowing tributes to Fayemi’s statesmanlike act and urged other people who aspire to elective public offices to emulate him.
“I congratulate Fayose on his well deserved victory, which is a reward of hard work that he invested in the electioneering as well as his steadfastness in identifying with the grassroots people of Ekiti State.
In the same fashion, the Nigeria Governors Forum under the leadership of Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State also congratulated Fayose of the PDP on his victory in the last Saturday governorship election in Ekiti state.
In a statement released in Abuja and signed by the Sole Administrator of the forum, Osaro Onaiwu, the governors called on Fayose to see his victory as a challenge and an opportunity to vindicate the choice of the masses by ensuring his programmes are geared towards the elevation of all Ekiti indigenes on assumption of office.
The statement also commended Fayemi for his gracious concession speech, which they described as a show of political maturity by putting Ekiti first before self.
On his part, the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Prof. Rufai Ahmed Alkali, has declared that President Goodluck Jonathan has entrenched a culture of credible polls in the country.
In his congratulatory message to the governor-elect, Alkali said President Jonathan had again proven that he is a leader that can be trusted by ensuring that every measure is taken to ensure that every vote counts and the people are allowed to elect their leaders without let or hindrance.
In a statement in Abuja, yesterday a group, transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) also said the action of the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi in accepting defeat and congratulating the winner of the governorship election is an implicit manifestation of a true democrat that he is.
In a statement issued in Abuja, TAN's Director of Communications and Strategy, Dr. Udenta. O. Udenta said, "Given the impressive turnout of voters across the state, the peaceful conduct of the exercise, which has been generally acclaimed to be free and fair, and the spirit of sportsmanship demonstrated by the contenders, it is yet another refreshing moment for Nigeria."
While congratulating the governor-elect, Mr. Fayose, on his victory, TAN commended the incumbent Governor, Kayode Fayemi for exhibiting maximum equanimity to accept defeat without much ado.
Also, former Police Affairs Minister, Navy Captain Omoniyi Olubolade (rtd), has praised President Goodluck Jonathan for creating a conducive atmosphere for a free and fair election in Ekiti State.
Olubolade, a former military administrator of Bayelsa State, also appreciated the security agents deployed to Ekiti State for the election for their efforts.
“I want to appreciate President Jonathan for the encouragement and support in ensuring a peaceful conduct of the election.”
In his reaction, the Leader of Opposition, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, yesterday declared that the last Saturday’s Ekiti State election was a turning point in the country’s political history.
Gbajabiamila in a statement he personally signed in Abuja submitted that, “The Ekiti Governorship election of June 21, marks a watershed in our political history. Perhaps for the first time we all witnessed the gallantry and magnanimity of opponents after a keenly fought electoral contest.”
“I congratulate the governor-elect, the PDP, the Ekiti people and more importantly I congratulate Nigeria and Nigerians for indeed whether we like the outcome of the election or not, sovereignty lies in the hands of the people.
“It has become evident now that free, fair and credible elections can be held in Nigeria without the use of the military, and that it is possible and better for the peoples’ votes to be counted and human suffrage respected. We must now stop the unconstitutional use of the military in elections, as their role under the provisions is purely to defend our territory from foreign aggression. It is only the police that are constitutionally empowered to maintain law and order,” he said.