President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Ondo State governor-elect, Chief Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on his victory.
The president described the victory as well-deserved.
As the governor-elect prepares to assemble his team, the president urged him to “bring the much desired change to the people, put behind whatever acrimonies may have arisen from the electioneering process, and reach out to all well-meaning people in the state and beyond,” to implement his vision.
Buhari also congratulated National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, Chairman of the Campaign Committee, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State and “all party faithful who put in their best and braved the odds to ensure a successful outing for our flag bearer.”
His Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement, said the president also rejoiced with the people of Ondo State, who aligned with his own belief that “Akeredolu, with his pedigree, possesses qualities to transform the state into the 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,” he said.
President Buhari called on other contestants in the election to see the triumph of Akeredolu as the 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 also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies and voters for the peaceful and successful conduct of the elections.
Buhari assured Nigerians that the APC-led administration, under his watch, was “committed to playing by the rules, and there will be no let-up until we see the great nation of our dreams in all spheres of national development.”