PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Biodun Oyebanji on his victory in Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State.
In a statement released on Sunday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Femi Adesina, Buhari said the victory was well deserved.
Buhari observed that Oyebanji had contributed to the development of the state before emerging as the governor-elect.
Buhari also congratulated APC chairman Abdulahi Adamu and the National Working Committee (NWC) on the victory, noting that it was the first under the tenure of the newly elected executives of the party.
He said, “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.”
The president advised all APC members across the country to see the victory as a good omen for the 2023 general elections.
He urged them to work assiduously to ensure that the party emerges victorious in the Osun State gubernatorial election, which comes up in July.
Meanwhile, Oyebanji emerged winner of the Ekiti State governorship election by winning in the 15 local government areas (LGAs) of the state.
Candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Bisi Kolawole won one LGA.
A total of 16 candidates took part in the election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Returning Officer and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan (UI) Kayode Adebowale declared Oyebanji winner of the election in the early hours of Sunday after all the results across the state’s 16 LGAs had been collated, The ICIR earlier reported.
A total of 351,865 valid votes were recorded from 363,438 voters accredited for the election.
The total number of registered voters in the state is 989,224.