- Ekiti election has come and gone but reactions continue to trail the results
- Senator Magnus Abe says the result of the election indicates the popularity of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state
- He also hailed the APC candidate, Kayode Fayemi, for his victory
The lawmaker representing Rivers South/East senatorial district, Senator Magnus Abe, has advised political parties to ensure that their candidates interface properly with the people to gain high level popularity.
Abe said this while reacting to the victory of the APC candidate, Kayode Fayemi, in the recent governorship election in Ekiti.
Senator Abe attributed Fayemi's victory to the popularity of the APC and its candidate in the state, NAN reports.
He said the people of Ekiti state voted massively for Fayemi because of his popularity and good interaction he has with the people unlike his opponent Prof. Oladipo Olusola.
According to him, the PDP biggest mistake in the election was allowing the governorship campaign to revolve round the outgoing governor Ayodele Fayose, instead of their candidate.
His words: “The biggest lesson from the PDP’s defeat is that the party’s flag bearer is unpopular in the political landscape of Ekiti. Everybody knows Fayose as a sitting governor in Ekiti and Mr Kayode Fayemi as the flag bearer of the APC but only few people know the PDP flagbearer.
“On the day of the election, the good people of Ekiti voted massively for the candidate they know, I think this is an instructive lesson for politicians across the country.”
Senator Abe congratulated Fayemi and the APC on their victory and advised the PDP to stop the bickering and support the incoming governor in an effort to move the state forward.
“The PDP should accept this defeat in good faith, I think litigation should not be an automatic part of the electoral process except where necessary.
“In the case of Ekiti where the election was adjudged free, fair and credible by foreign and local observers, there is absolutely no need for any litigation,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Rivers state governor, Barrister Nyesom Wike, has declared that what transpired during the Ekiti governorship election is the worst political robbery in the nation's democratic history.
The governor made the comment on Sunday, July 15, at the Anglican Cathedral Church of Saint Paul, Port Harcourt during the Thanksgiving Service to mark the end of third year anniversary celebration of his administration.
“I have never experienced that kind of robbery in politics. I told my colleagues, do not give them any chance. Most of them in APC are happy that they will repeat the same thing in Rivers state, we are waiting, come and repeat. Let your spirit not be down, work hard and victory will be ours,” he said.
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