Dr. Bukola Saraki, the former governor of Kwara State on Sunday, said President Goodluck Jonathan should live up to the expectation of the citizens if not he might lose his re-election bid come 2015.
Dr. Bukola Saraki
Saraki, who is a serving senator, and a chieftain of the All
Progressives Congress,APC made the assertion in a reaction to the just
concluded Ekiti State governorship election where the incumbent governor, Fayemi Kayode of the APC, was defeated by the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ayodele Fayose.
He said the Ekiti State election was a signal that President Jonathan
could lose re-election in 2015 if he fail to do the will of the people.
He described Fayose’s victory as a triumph for democracy and the people
of the state.
“It is important that around the clock, people want to be engaged.
This should also serve as a lesson to Mr. President that as an incumbent
it is very possible to lose in Nigeria if he fails to do the will of
the people" he said. “I urge the governor-elect to see this victory as
an endorsement of the expectations of Ekiti people for continued
dedication to governance and a means for a focused and purposeful
Saraki further noted that despite heavy military presence and alleged
external intimidation, the poll still recorded a high turnout of over
51 per cent of the electorate who came out to vote for the candidate of
their choice. He congratulated Fayose for his victory and also Fayemi
for conceding defeat and congratulating Fayose..
“With this show of sportsmanship, it is my belief that other
politicians will respect the wishes of the electorate and do the same in
future elections to avoid violence and political bickering as
demonstrated by the peace-loving people of Ekiti" he said. “I will also
like to congratulate the electoral agency, the Independent National
Electoral Commission, as it appears the body has shown remarkable
improvement. This should also serve as a reminder to every politician in
other parts of the country, especially Kwara State, that this is clear
indication that Nigerians now know how to differentiate grass root
politicians from seasonal politicians.”
In a related development, Dele Belgore (SAN), who is a chieftain of
the Kwara State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, urged
Fayose to remember the huge support he got from the people of the state
and make sure they were rewarded for their loyalty.
Belgore, who made this known in a statement issued on Sunday by his
media aide, Rafiu Ajakaye, also noted that Fayose’s victory showed that
there was a limit to propaganda, no matter how well-oiled and smoothly
Ayodele Fayose, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), was declared the winner of the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti Stateby the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He scored 203,
090 number of votes to beat the candidate of the All Progressives
Congress (APC), Mr Kayode Fayemi, who scored 120, 433.