- The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has reacted to the party's victory in the Osun state gubernatorial election
- Tinubu says the victory shows that democracy is at work in Nigeria
- The governor-elect of Osun state, Gboyega Oyetola, defeated Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said that the party’s victory in the Osun governorship election shows that democracy is at work in the country.
Tinubu said this after he received Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun and the newly elected state governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, at his resident in Ikoyi, Lagos on Friday, September 28.
Recall that Oyetola of the APC was declared as winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the end of the re-run election in seven wards.
He polled a total of 255,505 votes to defeat his closest rival and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke, who polled 255,023 votes.
Tinubu said that the people of Osun exercised their rights and chose the best candidate to drive development in the state, NAN reports.
Legit.ng notes that the national leader said: ”The people of Osun, the state of ‘Omoluabi’ demonstrated their strong determination, they have good judgment, they exercised their rights to choose the best candidate necessary for developmental programmes in the state.
”When you look at those who were running, you have the best, the most brilliant, the most qualified, competent, calm and great candidate. That is what they have done to show that democracy is at work.
“Democracy is about the people, and the people have equally exercised their right to be tolerant, patient, persevere and do what is necessary to develop the economy of the state. And you need the most competent person that will perform.
”In leadership, you need a thinker and a doer that must be present in the mind, body and soul; that person who will carry the responsibility of he state and I feel that Mr Oyetola fits perfectly."
Tinubu urged the people of Osun to encourage and give maximum support to Oyetola. He said: "The rest is for the people of Osun state to rally round and give him the necessary support and encourage him to do well following the legacy already built. He already has a blueprint for development agenda."
On the APC presidential primary, the party national leader said the huge support from party faithful in Lagos state was a signal that the party would emerge victorious in 2019.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari congratulated the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Adegboyega Oyetola, the party’s governor-elect of Osun state, for winning the state's governorship election which he described as keenly contested.
The senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, in a series of tweets on Friday, September 28, said Buhari stated that by voting for the ruling party, the people of Osun state had shown that they were supporting his administration’s good governance agenda.
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