President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for his re-election as governor of Ondo State for another four-year term.
In a congratulatory message by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Sunday, Buhari lauded the resounding victory of the governor at the election held on Saturday.
He believed that the votes garnered by Akeredolu “show that one good turn surely deserves another”.
The president thanked the people of Ondo State for keeping faith with their governor and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“The people know the person and party that truly serves them, and they have spoken in clear voice and unmistakable terms,” he said.
Buhari appreciated the electorate in the state for their decent and orderly comportment, and for demonstrating that the country was making progress in its electoral behavior.
He also lauded INEC for organising a credible, free and fair election, while praising the security agencies for maintaining law and order during the election.
The president, however, urged Akeredolu to be humble and magnanimous in victory, while serving the people of Ondo State even better than his service delivery in the first term.
“When you serve with heart and might, the people respond in like manner, and we can easily get to where we are headed as a country,” he added.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday declared Akeredolu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the winner of Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State.
Prof. Abel Olayinka, the Returning Officer of INEC, who is also the Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, said that Akeredolu polled 292,830 votes to defeat Eyitayo Jegede of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who got 195,791 votes.
The candidate Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Ajayi Agboola, polled 69,127 votes.