Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria’s former president, on Sunday, July 15, wrote to the winner of the winner of the just-concluded governorship election in Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, congratulating him on his victory in the exercise held on Saturday, July 14.
Premium Times reports that Obasanjo wrote: “Indeed, your success at the polls after a hard fought campaign is proof that the people of Ekiti state value your leadership and appreciate the efforts you have made thus far on their behalf.
“I salute you and all those who worked for your re-election.”
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Continuing, Obasanjo wrote: “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.
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“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 the continued progress of Ekiti State under your able leadership.”
NAIJ.com earlier reported that supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Dr Kayode Fayemi took to the streets in Ekiti following his declaration as governor-elect of the state.
Fayemi won the gubernatorial election whick too place on Saturday, July 14 to defeat his closest rival, Professor Kolapo Olusola of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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