Many reactions have trail the victory of Ayo Fayose in Ekiti, with the PDP, attributed it to strict adherence to the principles of internal democracy.
The party in a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary, Mr Olisa Metuh, said the victory was the result of transparent conduct of its governorship primary which produced a popular candidate that was the choice of party members.
The Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum (PDPGF) has said the landslide victory recorded by the candidate of the party, Mr Ayo Fayose in the gubernatorial election in Ekiti State has shown the confidence that Nigerians have reposed in the ruling Party and pledged that Governors elected on the plattform of the Party would continue to execute programmes that would better the lives the people.
Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, who is also the chairman, PDP Governors’ Forum, spoke on behalf of his governor colleagues.
Speaking in a similar vein, National Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, gave an insight into how Fayose won, attributing the victory to the unity in Ekiti State, and pleaded that this be emulated in other states.
Muazu said: “I wish to dedicate the victory of Ayo Fayose to all our supporters and President Goodluck Jonathan for his steadfastness and commitment to free and fair election. This victory is particularly possible because of our unity in Ekiti State and I wish we replicate this in all elections.”
Meanwhile, Lagos State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, described the election of Fayose as a game changer.
The party also commended INEC, and security forces for guaranteeing a free and fair process.
In a statement by the state Publicity Secretary, Mr Taofik Gani, the party said it saw the victory as a ‘good omen for PDP in the South West and Lagos State in particular.
It also appealed to defectors to return to the winning party, saying “we congratulate governor-elect, Dr Peter Ayodele Fayose, the good people of Ekiti State, the national secretariat and, of course, our Leader, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, on this ‘game changer’ victory in the South West geo-political zone.”
In his reaction, APC leader in Kwara State, Senator Bukola Saraki, hailed the INEC, over the conduct of of the election and congratulated Fayose, whose victory he attributed to his closeness to the grassroots.
Saraki, who is also Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, said in a statement issued in Ilorin yesterday, that by the conduct of election in Ekiti State, INEC had shown remarkable improvement in the conduct of elections in the country.
He noted that despite heavy military presence, the election recorded a high turnout of over 51% of the electorate who turned out in large numbers to vote for the candidate of their choice.
Similarly, Ondo State governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, commended President Goodluck Jonathan for the political will to make available the enabling environment which made for successful conduct of the election.
Governor Mimiko hinged the good conduct of the election on the sincere demonstration of President Jonathan’s determination to ensure results of elections in the country reflected the true wishes of the people.
Adeyeye congratulates Fayose’s victory, hails Fayemi
The Ministerial nominee from Ekiti State, Prince Dayo Adeyeye also congratulated the governor-elect for his landslide victory and hailed Governor Fayemi for conceding defeat.
“By conceding defeat to us, Fayemi has shown the Ekiti man in him,” said Adeyeye, who stressed that PDP and APC members were no arch-enemies but merely found themselves in different political platforms.
“We in the PDP and those in APC are not enemies but patriots who happen to have different ideas of how to develop the state we all love so much. Obviously, there is no shortage of patriotism on the side of any of us,” he noted.
Oyetibo lauds Fayemi, congratulates Fayose, saying “The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, must be commended for his forthright, mature, civilised, honest and candid response to the results of the Ekiti Governorship election when he accepted the declared results and congratulated the winner and Governor Elect, Mr Ayo Fayose, in a television broadcast. Nigerian politicians must learn that there is honour in accepting defeat and congratulating the winner in a contest.
“Politics and elections should be seen as a medium whereby the contestants offer to serve the people. The people should therefore be allowed to be the judge as to who should serve them. Afterall, no one has a fundamental right to be the governor of a state or the representative of the people. It is against this background that the response of Dr Kayode Fayemi should be seen as the act of a man of character and honour.
“As for Mr Fayose, the Governor-elect, he should see his election as an uncommon second chance to serve in an office from which he had previously been removed. He must devote his energy and resources of the State to the service of the people. He must learn from the reasons the people voted against the incumbent governor. The people have given so much to him by way of political support, he must in like measure give so much to the people by way of service and judicious application of the resources of the state,” he said.