The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Monday, said things are getting better with the All Progressives Congress following the victory of the party’s candidate in the Ekiti State governorship elections last Saturday.
According to a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, titled ‘President Buhari receives Ekiti Gov-Elect, says things getting better with APC,’ Buhari made the comment when he received the newly elected Governor, Biodun Oyebanji, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Premising his comments on the support Oyebanji had received from the other APC governors, the President expressed hope that such support would continue.
According to Adesina, Buhari said he keenly followed the polls held on Saturday, June 18, and was delighted with the orderly conduct, and the way the electorate and security agencies comported themselves.
“I loved how the APC Governors mobilized, and supported you. I think the party is very lucky, and things are getting better. I congratulate the Chairman, and I pray you sustain it,” he said.
The APC Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, ascribed all the glory for the election victory to God, and pledged that same would be replicated in Osun State next month.
In his capacity as Chairman of the Campaign Council for Ekiti, Gov Badaru congratulated Buhari on the successful outing, saying; “Your unending effort to reposition the party is paying off. If we combine the votes of the candidates that came second and third, our candidate still beat them by a wide margin. APC is being daily endeared to Nigerians. Our gratitude goes to you, Mr President.”
The governor-elect, while appreciating the President, said the election was a referendum on the party, “and a clear, positive signal to the election in Osun, and the National one next year. APC is still the party of choice.”
Oyebanji lauded the President “for the leadership and the level playing field you provided,” adding that he would be magnanimous in victory, as earlier advised by the President.
He was led to the State House by the APC Chairman Senator Adamu, Governors Kayode Fayemi, Atiku Bagudu, and Mohammed Abubakar of Ekiti, Kebbi, and Jigawa States, respectively.