By Ademola Adeleye, Political Editor
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC Biodun Oyebanji, over his electoral victory in Saturday’s Ekiti State governorship election, he said it was a victory well deserved.
Buhari also praised the people of Ekiti State for the smooth conduct of the election, affirming that they were the real victors as they had been able to freely choose their leader for the next four years.
Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Mr. Femi Adesina said in a statement on Sunday.
Oyebanji won in 15 out of the 16 Local Government Areas of the state. He polled 187,057 votes.
The president said the victory was well deserved considering Oyebanji’s contributions to the development of the state and the party before he was nominated the standard-bearer, urging him, however, to be magnanimous in victory in the interest of the people of the state.
He also rejoiced with the APC chairman, Abdulahi Adamu, and the National Working Committee for the victory, describing the victory as the first under the tenure of the newly elected executives of the party.
Buhari said: “This is a good beginning for you and your team. The APC is getting stronger and more united. The victory of our party in Ekiti is an indication of the confidence of Nigerians in the ability of our great party to deliver quality governance to all.”
He lauded the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and the law enforcement agencies for the preparations put in place, urging them to keep the momentum for upcoming elections.