Ekiti Decides: Jonathan can lose 2015 election if he fails to live up to expectation – Saraki

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Jun 23rd, 2014

imageA former governor of Kwara State, Bukola Saraki, has urged President Goodluck Jonathan and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party not to be carried away by the victory of the PDP at the just concluded guber election in Ekiti State, saying that he could lose re-election in 2015 if he fails to live up to expectation.

Saraki, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC said the victory of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ayodele Fayose does not guarantee Jonathan’s re-election next year.

The former governor, who is now a member of the National Assembly, in a statement on Sunday described Fayose’s election as victory for democracy and for the people of Ekiti State.

He said, “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.

“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 leadership.”

He noted that despite heavy military presence and alleged external intimidation, the election recorded high turnout of over 51 per cent of the electorate who voted for the candidate of their choice.

He congratulated Fayose for his victory and Fayemi for conceding defeat and congratulating Fayose.

He said, “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.

“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 Nigerians now know how to differentiate grassroots politicians from seasonal politicians.”

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