Presidency has mocked the loss of Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the Ekiti election, in which Mr Kayode Fayemi of All Progressives Congress (APC), polled 197,459 to defeat its candidate Mr Kolapo Olusola who polled 178,121 votes, showing a gap of 19,338.
It said the win has also transformed the political landscape of the South-West and strengthen APC’s regional hold, adding that the party will be respected even better.
It also described Fayose as ‘a street-type thug’ that never fits the role of a gadfly as portrayed by the media because he thrives on bitter enmity.
According to the statement titled “Fayose: In The End, A High-Powered Nothing” by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Garba Shehu, said the people by their votes have rejected outgoing governor, Mr Ayo Fayose, adding that Mr Buhari has won the referendum as declared by Fayose.
According to Shehu, “The people of the State have sent a clear message. The politics of brinksmanship, assaults, insults, abuses and Robin Hoodism disguised as stomach infrastructure has been rejected in favour of politics of inclusion, development, responsibility and good governance.
“Buhari’s war against corruption and insecurity; the message of agric revolution and infrastructure development and fidelity in resource allocation and management have struck a chord with Ekiti voters, who had been lied to and deceived by Governor Fayose.
“While the opposition continued to rant at him, Buhari’s uprightness, coupled with incorruptibility and personal integrity, unmatched by any politician in the country has again stood the test of time.
“The APC win in Ekiti means that the Party has control over 25 out of the 36 states of the Federation. The party thus becomes the only one in power in the six states of South-West geopolitical zone.
“Besides reinforcing APC’s position as the only standing pole in the political landscape, it is a credit to national leader of the party, Mr Bola Tinubu, against whom all manner of ethnic and religious opposition is being mounted by former President Obasanjo and some of Tinubu’s sworn enemies in the sub-region.
With this, the political landscape of South-West has been transformed. APC’s regional strength has been strengthened and Tinubu will be respected even better.
“Without losing patience and decorum, Tinubu has proved that rivals must reconcile and come to terms or lose everything.
“This win is equally a huge boost to APC and its new leadership under Chairman Adams Oshiomole, who got their first baptism of fire in Ekiti. It is, importantly, a big boost to the second term ambition of Buhari.
For People’s Democratic Party (PDP) which came second in the election in a state that they held sway, it is a loss politically and psychologically. The result of the election has proved that PDP is irreparably broken and dismantled. They have nothing to offer to the country and its people. The message from Ekiti is that no state in Nigeria will vote PDP. Never again.
“As for Fayose and his morbid brand of politics, it is now his time to reconcile himself to the imminent political extinction he faces, his political career sealed for good.
“Newspapers have mistaken him for a gadfly who creates discomfort for the government at the centre to make it better, but Fayose is a street-type thug.
“He never fits the role of a gadfly because he thrives on bitter enmity. Opposition does not mean a negative view of everything. Neither does it translate into a licence to abuse your superiors.
“The winner of the election, Fayemi’s trajectory from a persona-non-grata to a persona-grata again has given a wave of cheer to APC members all over the country.
“It has given a fresh hope that fake news, lies and propaganda run only short distances, because they have short legs.
“An old proverb says you can’t beat something with nothing. After all the noise, theatricals and drama, Fayose’s fall came with a thud, not a bang: a high-powered nothing.”