Fayemi’s victory is defeat of Obasanjo, Fayose – Presidency

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DR. Kayode Fayemi’s victory in the Ekiti State governorship election is a referendum on President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership of the country and defeat for the divisive politics played by Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo and Governor Ayodele Fayose, the Presidency said, yesterday.

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The Presidency in a  commentary on Fayose, said the defeat was the beginning of the political extinction of the out-going governor and consolidation of Buhari whose personal integrity, it claimed, cannot be matched by any politician in the country. The Presidency’s reaction came in the wake of celebration by All Progressives Congress, APC stalwarts across Ekiti on the victory of their candidate in the weekend governorship election. Ironically, President Buhari and former President Obasanjo were in an unusual accord in celebrating Fayemi’s victory.

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The PDP has, however, rejected the outcome of the polls as it yesterday asserted that the results collated by its agents from the polling units indicated otherwise as it posited that results were altered in the collation centres after its agents were beaten and shut out of the centres. The PDP candidate, Prof. Olusola Eleka, at a press conference in Ado-Ekiti, rejected the result as manipulation as he warned that the APC had used the Ekiti election as a test-run for its 2019 plans to capture the Federal Government and PDP strongholds in Akwa Ibom and Rivers states. Returning Officer for the Saturday election, Prof Idowu Olayinka, had yesterday announced Fayemi as the winner of the election with 197,459 votes against the 178, 121 votes polled by second-placed Eleka.

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The APC candidate won in 12 of the 16 local government areas, including Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area, the local government of the outgoing governor, Fayose. President Buhari in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, had congratulated Dr. Fayemi, INEC and the people of Ekiti on the conduct of a peaceful election. Speaking on behalf of the Federal Government,  Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, at a press conference in Lagos, yesterday, said the election was a referendum on the Buhari administration and a defeat for the naysayers, and fake news practitioners who he said had predicted otherwise.

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He said: “With the victory of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the just-concluded Ekiti governorship election, Nigerian people have spoken, and they have spoken loudly, about their perception of the APC-led Buhari administration. “The election was more than one state’s gubernatorial poll. It was a referendum on the performance of the Buhari administration. And Nigerians have given their verdict! “It’s not just a defeat for the PDP; it’s a defeat for all the naysayers who have made themselves the spokespersons for Nigerians. “Furthermore, it is a death knell for fake news! Anyone who monitored the social media before and during the election would think it would be a landslide for the PDP.

But the reality is different.” He said the APC-Federal Government was tempted to but refused to pay back the PDP in its own coins what he claimed was the manipulation of the 2014 governorship election. Senior Special Assistant, Media, and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in an unusual mentioning of Fayose, said the emergence of Fayemi was reflective of the popularity of President Buhari and a death knell on the politics of hate and vile as propagated by the likes of Governor Fayose and Dr. Obasanjo against Buhari and his associates.

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The Presidency statement read in part:  “The people of the politically important State of Ekiti have spoken against their Governor, outgoing governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, who told them that the governorship election they just had was a referendum on President Muhammadu Buhari. He said candidates Kayode Fayemi and Olusola Eleka were pawns and that he and President Buhari were the actual contestants. “In what observers said was the most intense, and a most bitter campaign, the people gave their verdict: Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the one-time governor, declared persona-non-grata is now persona-grata again. President Buhari has won this referendum. The people of the State have sent a clear message.