The Pan Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, and the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, have released statements on the election of Mr. Ayo Fayose as the next governor of Ekiti State, western Nigeria.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had on Saturday declared Fayose, the PDP candidate, as winner of the governorship election in Ekiti.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that Afenifere spokesman, Mr Yinka Odumakin, commenting on the outcome of the elections stated that the election of Fayose reflected the people’s choice.
“The Ekiti people have spoken and we congratulate the governor elect,” Odumakin said. Odumakin, however, urged the governor-elect to utilise the opportunity of his re-election to correct any mistakes he may have made during his first term.
Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin
“He should come to office with better maturity and make life better for the Ekiti people,” the afenifere spokesman said.
He further urged Fayose to govern with the fear of God and justify the trust reposed in him by his people.
It was also gathered that the South West Secretary of the CNPP, Mr Austin Nnorom, urged Fayemi to accept defeat in the spirit of sportsmanship.
He urged the people of Osun to emulate the conduct of Ekiti people by making sure that their votes counted. In a related development, the Ndigbo Cultural Society of Nigeria (NCSN) also urged the governor-elect to ensure that the interests of the Ndigbo community in the state were taken into consideration.
* Governor-elect in Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose
The group, in a congratulatory message signed by its President, Chief Udoka Udeogaranya, said promoting a spirit of inclusion would enable non-indigenes contribute their quota to the development of the state.
Meanwhile, the incumbent governor of Ekiti, Kayode Fayemi, in his concession speech on Sunday, 22 June, 2014, accepted the results of the election, saying that he wishes the new governor-elect good luck.
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