Ekiti guber poll: Why PDP candidate congratulates Oyebanji

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The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the last Saturday’s Ekiti governorship election, Hon. Bisi Kolawole, has said the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Biodun Oyebanji, reflected the unfettered expression of the peoples mandate.

He said this in his Sunday’s congratulatory message to the governor-elect which he personally signed.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Oyebanji the winner of the election after polling 187,057 votes to defeat its closest rival, the Social Democratic Party, which garnered 82,211 votes; the PDP, which got 67,457 votes; and 13 other parties which participated in Saturday’s election.

Kolawole’s message reads: “Following the announcement of your victory in the June 18 Ekiti Governorship Election by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, I hereby write to congratulate you accordingly.

“I believe that power belongs to God and He bestows upon whomever he chooses.

“I also believe in popular choice i.e the unfettered expression of the people’s mandate as one of the crucial hallmarks of democratic principle and practice.

“Democracy must therefore deliver to the people dividends of security or protection and enhance their social welfare and well-being basically, and among other deliverables.

“These were the motivation for my own ambition in the governorship of Ekiti state which I feel strongly to reiterate here in view of the precarious situations of our people at the moment.

“Please take urgent actions aimed at redressing the plights of our people when you fully assume the mantle shortly.

“Finally, I wish you the guidance of the almighty God in the onerous task ahead. Congratulations to your spouse and also your running mate.”

Bisi Kolawole

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