A chieftain of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State Hon. Opeyemi Falegan has said that the outcome of July 14 gubernatorial election in the state reflects the true position of people of the state.
He said the people were fed up with alleged maladministration by the present governor and his few cohorts.
Falegan in a statement on Saturday in Ado Ekiti, commended major stakeholders like the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), electorate and security agencies saying they deserved commendation over the peaceful conduct of the election.
He attributed the peaceful, transparent, credible and hitch-free nature of the poll to the patriotic conduct of all stakeholders that participated before, during and after the exercise.
He said, “Ekiti people in particular have again demonstrated that the state still value men of integrity and honour than any other things and that they will always measure everybody with their performance in governance no matter how propaganda the government is dishing out to them.
“The latest development will no doubt bring back the lost glory, dignity, nobleness and integrity of Ekiti state that had been thrown away by the present administration and replaced same with thuggery, lies, fraud and sub- standard projects to siphon the state resource.
The candidate of All Progressive Congress APC, Dr Fayemi had polled 197,459 votes in a keenly contested governorship election to defeat the PDP candidate who polled 178,121 votes.
Commending the INEC, Falegan said, “the electoral body has again unequivocally proved to the world that, Nigeria is a nation with people of integrity and honour through another credible, transparent, free and fair governorship election in Ekiti State.
“All the process before, during and after the election could be said to have met an average international electoral standard of the 21st century in all ramifications through an unbaised electoral body, INEC and cooperation of all other Stakeholders.
“And despite provocations by some politicians, all security agencies also lived above board at discharging their duties in a professional way in order to have an acceptable poll, hence a thumb up for them as well.
“The thoughtfulness and determination of the people to stand firm in order to enthrone a good governance of all inclusiveness that deviod of greediness is commendable. And the development will pave way for a meaningful development through the cooperation of all.
“It is a great joy and happiness that people have refused to be cajoled or deceived again by governor Fayose in his desperate attempt to lure them to another an ignoble four year term in the desert land through a proxy.”
While congratulating the governor-elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, over his victory at the poll, Hon. Falegan charged him to justify the confidence reposed in him by the electorate through peoples’ oriented programmes and policies.