President Muhammadu Buhari says that Biodun Oyebanji’s win in the recently concluded governorship election in Ekiti State indicates that Nigerians support the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Oyebanji was proclaimed the victor of the election in the early hours of Sunday, after receiving 187,057 votes to overcome his two closest rivals, Segun Oni of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Bisi Kolawole of the People’s Democratic Party.
In response to the victory, President Buhari issued a statement congratulating the governor-elect, stating that the victory was well merited given Oyebanji’s efforts to the development of the state and the party prior to his selection as the party’s flag bearer.
Buhari advised him to be gracious in victory for the sake of the people of the state.
The president also congratulated the APC chairman, Abdulahi Adamu, and the National Working Committee on the win, the first during the administration of the party’s newly elected officials.
“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,” said the President.
He urged all APC members in and out of the nation to consider this as a positive omen for the 2023 general elections and fight tirelessly to assure the party’s win, with Osun State following suit next month in July.
President Buhari also congratulated the people of Ekiti State on the flawless conduct of the election, declaring that they are the true victors since they were free to pick their leader for the next four years.
He praised the Independent National Electoral Commission and law enforcement authorities for their efforts, asking them to maintain the momentum for the next elections.