The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the Ekiti State governorship election, Bisi Kolawole, has congratulated Biodun Oyebanji, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on his victory at the polls.
Oyebanji was declared winner of the Ekiti Staple governorship election in the early hours of Sunday by Prof. Kayode Oyebode, returning officer for the election.
Oyebanji polled 187,057 votes to defeat Segun Oni, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), who got 82,211 votes, and Kolawole, who placed third with 67,457 votes.
In a congratulatory message, Kolawole wished Oyebanji God’s guidance, saying his victory is God’s choosing, because power belongs to Him.
“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 whoever he chooses. I also believe in popular choice that the unfettered expression of the peoples mandate as one of the crucial hallmarks of democratic principle and practice,” Kolawole said.
He asked the governor-elect to ensure the welfare and security of the people of the state, as those were his motivation while vying for the position.
“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 running mate,” he added.