Outgoing Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State yesterday said the All Progressives Congress (APC) won the election because it presented a sellable product in Biodun Oyebanji.
Fayemi stated this when he led Governors Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi) and Mohammed Abubakar (Jigawa) to present a copy of the election results to Oyebanji in his home town, Ikogosi.
Bagudu and Abubakar were members of the Ekiti Governorship Campaign Council.
Fayemi recalled that prior to the election, there were all manners of pundits and analyses, which put the stakeholders of the APC on their toes and pushed them to work harder to achieve success.
He said there were those who predicted victory for other parties, while there were those who said APC would “carry the day”.
According to him, APC was “able to achieve victory, not just because of the hard work but because we had a sellable product in Mr Abiodun Oyebanji.”
His words: “This is a candidate that is very well known to Ekiti people, someone who started demonstrating a commitment to the Ekiti project in his 20s.
“Someone, who acted as the Secretary of the Committee for the creation of Ekiti way back in the nineties. “Don’t be surprised, if you have someone who was there at the birth of the state at a relatively young age as our candidate.
“He has served in many government capacities as Commissioner, Chief of Staff and other positions in both my administration and that of the first elected Governor of the state, Otunba Niyi Adebayo.
“You can see that the trajectory has been very clear, has been on the upswing, has been very focussed on making Ekiti better.
“The results of the governorship election are significant.
“It is a statement about the quality of our candidate and a statement about the confidence reposed in us for having served them meritoriously in the last four years.”
Earlier, Bagudu had praised Fayemi and other party stakeholders in the state for their steadfastness in achieving the desired victory for the party.
He congratulated the governor-elect and urged him to consolidate on the gains of the outgoing administration in the state.
The governor-elect thanked the governors for the visit, promising not to fail in the discharge of his duties.
Oyebanji promised to open channels of consultations to gather more inputs that would form the blueprint of his administration.
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