Governor-elect Kayode Fayemi, while staging a victory rally in Ado- Ekiti, Ekiti State Capital, said God had liberated the state from slavery with his victory.
Fayemi was accompanied by his wife, Bisi, the deputy governor-elect, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi; Senator Fatima Raji Rasaki (Ekiti Central) and state APC Chairman Olajide Awe.
Ikere Road along Ajilosun area of the state capital was locked down when the Governor-Elect visited the party Secretariat after he was declared.
According to The Nation, Fayemi, in a news conference at the party secretariat, Fayemi admonished Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Kolapo Olusola and Governor Ayo Fayose, to imitate him (Fayemi) by conceding defeat the way he did after losing the 2014 election.
“Let them behave the way we behaved in 2014; we should all know that in an election of this nature, you can only have one governor at a time.
“We conceded in 2014 and our counterparts on the other side should accept defeat for peace to reign in Ekiti State and they should refrain from violence for Ekiti to enjoy peace,” he said.
The governor-elect promised to set up a Transition Committee to liaise with the outgoing government to facilitate smooth transfer of power on October 16.
Fayemi said: “As we look forward to the inauguration of the new APC administration on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, I offer my assurances that we will not wait till then to bring immediate succor to you.
“We will proactively explore all avenues within the limits of the law, especially through the Transition Committee to be set up very soon, to ensure the outgoing administration prioritize the payment of the backlog of salaries to all categories of workers and pensioners.”
Fayemi urged the people of Ekiti and all the contestant of the election to unite for the progress of the state, saying that what is important is the bond that the ekiti people share.
“The very nature of elections are divisive as we cannot all see things from the same perspective, nether can we all have some preference for political parties and candidates.
“However, regardless of how we voted yesterday (Saturday), I encourage us all to accept the results in true democratic spirit and commence the journey to reuniting our state.
“Despite the divisive nature of the contest, I want you to remember our bond of unity as Ekiti people. I, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, hereby offer myself to be governor of all irrespective of faith, creed or political belief.”
Addressing the crowd outside the secretariat, Fayemi said: “God has liberated Ekiti from slavery, God has given Ekiti from slavery, God has restored peace to Ekiti.”
According to The Nation Fayemi applauded security agencies, election observers, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), international community, labour, media, traditional institutions and the international community for contributing to the success of the poll.
Speaking to reporters in his hometown Isan-Ekiti shortly after he was declared the winner, Fayemi said: “The victory of this election, I believe, is for reclaiming the land and restoring the values of our people.
“Our values in Ekiti are respect for our leaders, commitment to our people, non brigandage nor criminality and so on.
“ This victory is a victory for all; it is not a victory for only Governor Kayode Fayemi; it is a victory for all the Ekiti people.”
He added: “This was just not an Ekiti election. I want people to understand that this election has a lot of significance to the future of democracy in Nigeria.
“The fact that we have witnessed a free, fair and transparent election process has huge importance for similar exercises, like Osun State next door to us and eventually the national elections in February 2019.”
The former Minister of Mines and Steel Development and APC candidate was declared winner at 7.49am by Chief Returning Officer and University of Ibadan (UI) Vice Chancellor Prof. Idowu Olayinka.