The Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has emphasised that the victory of Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu at the Ondo State governorship election meant that the All Progressives Congress remained a political party loved by Nigerians.
Dogara stated this in a message to congratulate Akeredolu.
The former president of the Nigerian Bar Association polled 244,842 votes to beat his closest rival, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Jegede scored 150,380 votes, while, Mr. Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy, got 126,889 votes to make the third position.
The results were announced by the Chief Returning Officer appointed by the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Abdul Ganiyu-Ambali.
Dogara also said the victory was an indication that Nigerians trusted the APC and its policies to transform Nigeria.
Part of a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Turaki Hassan, read, “The election of Akeredolu and the APC in Ondo State is a clear indication of the popularity of our political party.
“I would like to congratulate my learned colleague on his victory, and also commend our great party, the All Progressives Congress, for a thorough and successful campaign.”
The Speaker noted that victory was also a challenge to the APC and urged Akeredolu to perform well in office in order not to disappoint the Ondo voters.
The statement added, “As a party, we must take our victory in Ondo seriously since the people have placed enormous trust in us.
“We must, therefore, deliver on policies that will improve their standard of living.”
The Speaker described the conduct of the poll as “peaceful,” commending INEC and security agencies for “ensuring a hitch-free exercise.”