- Lai Mohammed declares that the victory of Kayode Fayemi is a verdict from Nigerians on the government of President Buhari
- Mohammed says the election was bigger than what should happen in just one state
- He says PDP's defeat in the election also affects naysayers who have turned themselves against the current government
The information and culture minister, Lai Mohammed, on Sunday, July 15, described the victory of Kayode Fayemi at the governorship election held in Ekiti state as a defeat for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and another set of people.
Mohammed, who issued a statement received by NAIJ.com, said Fayemi’s victory is also a defeat “for all the naysayers who have made themselves the spokespersons for Nigerians.”
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According to Mohammed, the election result shows that the people have spoken in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“With the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just-concluded Ekiti governorship election, Nigeria people have spoken, and they have spoken loudly, about their perception of the APC-led Buhari administration.
“The election was more than one state's gubernatorial poll. It was a referendum on the performance of the Buhari Administration. And Nigerians have given their verdict!
“Furthermore, it is a death knell for fake news! Anyone who monitored the social media before and during the election would think it would be a landslide for the PDP. But the reality is different.
“We want to most sincerely thank the people of Ekiti State for ensuring that the election was free, fair and credible, as attested to by local and international observers, and for turning out en masse to exercise their franchise.
“In 2014, the votes of the people of Ekiti did not count as the then PDP-led federal government used federal might to hijack the election and concoct the result.
“They barred two serving governors from travelling to Ekiti to support their fellow governor.
“They wilfully shut the Akure airport and we, leaders of then opposition APC, were forced to return to Lagos by road in the night.
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“With the roles reversed in 2018, we did not pay the PDP back in its own coin, because of our strong belief in the rule of law. The rest is history,” the minister said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Nigeria’s presidency, on Sunday, July 15, mocked Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state, calling him a ‘high-powered nothing’ and saying the Kayode Fayemi’s victory was a referendum in favour of Muhammadu Buhari.
In a lengthy reaction to the just-concluded governorship election in Ekiti, Garba Shehu, one of the spokespersons of the president recalled how Fayose had claimed that the exercise was a battle between him and Buhari.
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