Buhari: Akeredolu Possesses Qualities To Transform Ondo

President Buhari at the APC rally in Akure during campaign

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Olurotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress on his electoral victory at the just-concluded Ondo state governorship election.

Akeredolu emerged winner of Saturday’s election, beating his closest rival, Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party, 244, 842 votes to 150, 380.

The President also congratulated the Chairman of the party John Oyegun, and all party faithful who contributed to the party’s success in Saturday’s election.

Buhari made this known in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

Akeredolu has the pedigree

“Buhari rejoices with the good people of Ondo State who aligned with his own belief that Akeredolu, with his pedigree, possesses the qualities to transform the state into the Ondo of their dreams.

“From the beginning, this election set out to be a different kind of election. The unity and resilience of the party was tested. I am happy we came out of this victorious.

“This is a huge win. The mood today is against corruption, insecurity and for the restoration of the economy and the creation of jobs.

“This is where the party stands and I am happy that the electorate has read the situation correctly.”

President Buhari then called on other contestants in the election to see the triumph of Akeredolu as the wish of God. He enjoined them to work together with him to make “the state a truly progressive and economically prosperous one for all.”

The President also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, the security agencies and the voters for the peaceful and successful conduct of the election.

Reach out to the people

He urged the governor-elect to put behind whatever acrimonies that may have arisen from the electioneering process. Buhari urged Akeredolu to reach out to all well-meaning people in the state and beyond in order to implement his vision for the state.

The president further assured Nigerians that the APC-led administration is committed to playing by the rules. He then noted that there would be no let-up “until we see the great nation of our dreams in all spheres of national development.”

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