Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has congratulated the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Muhammadu Buhari, on his re-election as president of the country for a second term.
Governor Fayemi described the president’s re-election as an attestation to the fact that Nigerians appreciate his efforts at making life more comfortable for them in the last four years.
Fayemi, who described president Buhari as a focused, compassionate and sincere leader with genuine concern for the overall good of the citizenry, said the Nigerian electorate have demonstrated that, given a choice, they would readily choose a sincere leader, who cares for their wellbeing above other considerations.
He said the electorate have again demonstrated that power truly belongs to the people. He said the victory is a confirmation of the people’s trust in president Buhari and the APC-led administration, adding that the president would not take the trust for granted.
Also, Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, described the president’s re-election as a referendum in support of integrity, good governance and the fight against corruption.
Ajimobi, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Bolaji Tunji, yesterday, congratulated the president for his landslide victory over his major challenger, the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
He thanked the people of the state for their steadfastness and support for the APC over the years, which, he said, puts a question mark on the purported victory of the PDP in the presidential election result in the state.
The governor also thanked the people for ensuring the emergence of nine out of 14 House of Representatives candidates of the party and two senatorial seats out of three, which he said would give the state a strong voice in the National Assembly.
He urged the people to leverage on the APC’s victory at the centre, by ensuring they cast their vote for the party’s governorship candidate in the state, Adebayo Adelabu.
On his part, APC governorship candidate in Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in a statement by his media and communication team, yesterday, described Buhari’s success at the poll as not only well-deserving, but, a valid testimony to the fact that Nigerians acknowledge and are appreciative of his reformative initiatives designed to bring forth a better Nigeria.
He said: ‘’Your Excellency, I heartily congratulate you on your success at the recent presidential election held across Nigeria last weekend. Your landslide victory is a validation and appreciation of your hard work and commitment to the fight against corruption, revamping the economy and ensuring security of life and property.
“With this deserved victory, your selflessness and dedication to the services of our motherland have become a new leadership model in Nigeria. Expectedly, the reward for good work is more work. So, your victory in the nationwide free and fair election, which is a validation of how your leadership has rekindled hope in millions of Nigerians at home and abroad, has provided yet another valuable opportunity for better Nigeria, since democracy has found a permanent place in our country.’’
Sanwo-Olu, who also described president Buhari as the perfect man for the job of taking Nigeria out of the inherited socio-economic quagmire, noted that the evident giant strides of the president in the areas of infrastructure, agriculture, security and economic stability should be sustained.
Meanwhile, APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu, said Nigerians made the right choice by voting for president Buhari in last Saturday’s presidential and national assembly elections.
The APC leader, who congratulated the president for his re-election and the party for the fine showing in the February 23 elections, also congratulated Nigerians for the wisdom and courage shown in deciding that the best of Nigeria still resides in the future, and that president Buhari is the man best trusted to lead the country into that future.
“Posterity shall reward you for what you established on election day,” he said.
Tinubu, in a statement, yesterday, said the election was a fair and honest exercise that permitted the full expression of the sovereign will of Nigerians.
He said the electorate, in a decisive manner, have asked president Buhari to serve a second term.
He said: “You, Nigerians, have given him a clear, indisputable mandate to lead us for another four years.
“In re-electing president Buhari, you have shown that you believe Nigeria should move forward to its better future, instead of returning to the mistaken ways of our past. You’ve chosen victory over defeat, hope over despair, prosperity over poverty. You’ve elected the path towards a greater Nigeria, instead of that towards our lesser selves.
“For this collective act of courage and enlightened optimism, we can do nothing but express our most profound gratitude and thanks to the millions of APC members and to all Nigerians, for their patience, and their commitment to our democratic electoral process.
“This election represents a historic step forward. When history is being made, often, its authors do not realise the larger dimensions and consequences of their actions because they tend to be somewhat blinded by the press of daily events.
“Yet, I believe, as the years unfold, and the history of Nigeria is later written, future generations will look fondly on this moment as the time when Nigerians, in strong and clear accord, affirmed their belief in our nation’s greatness and in the path that president Buhari and the APC have taken to reach that greatness.
“With this election, Nigeria signals to the world our unalloyed embrace of democracy and our unflinching determination to perfect this democracy.
“While this election was free and fair, we also must acknowledge the isolated incidents of violence. Nigerians were killed and injured during what otherwise was an exemplary democratic procession.
“Such things should never happen and do us no good.”