- Nigerian Governors Forum has bid the outgoing governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose, farewell
- The governors said they will miss Fayose's invaluable contributions
- They also congratulated governor-elect, Kayode Fayemi
The Nigerian Governors' Forum (NGF) on Monday, July 16, congratulated the governor-elect of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, on his victory at the poll, while also bidding the outgoing governor, Ayo Fayose, a farewell.
The Nation reports that in a statement signed by the head of media at NGF, Abdulrazaque Barkindo, the chairman of the forum, Abdulaziz Yari, urged Fayemi to join hands with the other governors in the country to strengthen the Forum
The statement reads: "The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar, on behalf of the governors of the 36 states of the Federation congratulates Dr. John Kayode Fayemi on his resounding victory in last weekend’s election to become the governor of Ekiti state once again.
“Governor Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar said elections are usually healthy contests that determine who keeps the mantle of leadership in the state for a certain period of time and not a victor and vanquished affair.
“Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar said all contestants regardless of their party manifestoes primarily are agents of governance that wish to move the welfare and wellbeing of their people to the next level.
“He added that since the people of Ekiti have spoken, the governor-elect, who once showed humility and courage and congratulated the outgoing governor four years ago should this time around also be magnanimous in victory by expressing his fervent desire to govern Ekiti for the benefit of all.
“The NGF Chairman, while wishing the outgoing governor of Ekiti State Mr. Peter Ayodele Fayose, luck in his new endeavour and stating that the NGF would miss his invaluable contributions at its meetings, also welcomes the incoming governor to the Forum where he is returning as a ranking and experienced member.
“Governor Yari Abubakar hopes that Fayemi will join hands with the other governors in the country to strengthen the NGF and add value to their deliberations at their monthly meetings.”
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Governor Fayose has finally reacted to the outcome of the Ekiti gubernatorial election describing it as rigged and blaming President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a series of tweets on Monday, July 16, Fayose vowed that the party would secure its stolen mandate in court. He claimed there was no celebration in Ekiti after Fayemi’s victory saying it showed mandate was stolen from the people.
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