President Muhammadu Buhari has rejoiced with the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu, on his re-election as Governor of Ondo State for another four-year term.
This was coming as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it would study the results of October 10 governorship election in Ondo State and take appropriate action.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had Sunday announced Akeredolu as the winner of the Saturday guber poll, sweeping to victory by winning 15 of 18 local government areas of Ondo State.
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The incumbent governor got 292,830 votes to massively defeat PDP governorship candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, and Agboola Ajayi of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), who came second and third in the election with 195,791 and 69,127 votes respectively.
In his congratulatory message, Buhari, who lauded the resounding victory of Akeredolu, noted that the votes garnered “show that one good turn surely deserves another.”
He thanked the people of Ondo State for keeping faith with their hovernor and APC, adding that “the people know the person and party that truly serves them, and have spoken in clear voice and unmistakable terms.”
The President appreciated the electorate in Ondo State for comporting themselves decently and in orderly manner, and for exhibiting conduct that indicated that the country was making progress in its electoral behaviour.
He also gave kudos to INEC for organising credible, free and fair election, and to security agencies which ensured that orderliness was enthroned and maintained.
Buhari, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, urged Akeredolu to be humble and magnanimous in victory, and endeavour to serve the people of Ondo State even better than how he did in the first term.
“When you serve with heart and might, the people respond in like manner, and we can easily get to where we are headed as a country,” the President said.
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Meanwhile, PDP Publicity Secretary in Ondo State, Kennedy Peretei, has said his party would carefully study the election results in order to take appropriate action.
Speaking with journalists on the just concluded election at Jegede’s residence in Akure, Peretei urged PDP supporters to be optimistic.
He advised the party faithful not to be discouraged, noting that pockets of violence in Owo, Ese-Odo, among others would be critically analysed in the coming days.