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Ekiti Election: Gov Fayemi Concedes Defeat, Congratulates Fayose
Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has congratulated the governor-elect Ayodele Fayose, who resoundingly defeated him in Saturday’s gubernatorial polls.
Fayose secured a landslide victory with a total of 203,090 out of the 350,256 votes cast, beating Fayemi, his closest rival, with 82,657 votes.
In a statement he signed, the governor said, “If indeed this is the will of the Ekiti People, I stand in deference to your will. If the result of the elections is an expression of the voice of our people, we must all heed your voice.”
He said he would work together with the newly elected governor whom he called his brother to discuss the future of Ekiti State and how to institute a smooth transition programme.
He admitted that the election had been a hard fought battle, but that despite the diverse party affiliations, citizens of the state must remember that they are bound by a common territory and culture and must work together to guard what is theirs.
“Indeed a new sociology of the Ekiti people may have evolved. However, the task of understanding how the outcome of this election has defined us as a people will be that of scholars. For us as an administration and a cadre of political leaders in Ekiti State, we have fought a good fight, we have kept faith,” he said in a farewell tone.
He thanked members of the All Progressive Party, APC, his campaign team and the people of the state who defied the siege imposed on the state to cast their votes.