GOVERNORS Peter Obi of Anambra State, Liyel Imoke of Cross River State, Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State and Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State have congratulated Governor Adams Oshiomhole on his victory at Saturday’s poll in Edo State. punchnews reports
Also, Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State and Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State sent their congratulatory messages to their Edo counterpart.
Obi, said the feat recorded by Oshiomhole was a victory for democracy, Edo State and Nigeria.
He said, “I knew what Edo State used to be and what it is now due to Oshiomhole’s developmental strides. This is a good lesson of what politics should be – the promotion of the totality of the welfare of the people.”
Imoke urged Oshiomhole to extend an olive branch to the opposition parties.
In a congratulatory message on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Christian Ita, Imoke noted that Oshiomhole’s victory meant that the Edo people were happy with his administration.
Ahmed described the victory as another milestone in the collective effort to strengthen democratic culture in the country.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Alhaji Abdulwahab Oba, Ahmed noted that it was very heart warming that despite the anxieties which preceded it, the election had been said to be peaceful.
Mimiko described the victory as a reward for transparent performance.
“It has become obvious that performance is now the yardstick for the re-election of any serving government. Gone are the days when incumbency power was used to perpetuate failed government in power,” he said.
Ajimobi said the feat was a well-deserved victory.
In a statement on Sunday by his Special Adviser on Media, Dr. Festus Adedayo, Ajimobi said Oshiomhole’s landslide victory at the poll was an appreciation of his outstanding performance in the last four years by the people of Edo.
He said, “It is a victory that every lover of good governance must applaud.Oshiomhole has become a classical example of reward for performance. His is a well-deserved victory and he is a pride to our great party, ACN.”
Fashola, who noted that Oshiolmole’s victory was never in doubt, said it was a victory for the nation’s democracy and the social contract on which democracy finds its voice.
He said, “For too long, our people have suffered bad governance, the social contract is beginning to make its impact. It was not whether Oshiomhole will win, it was by what margin.
Fayemi described the victory of Oshiomhole as, “A well deserved reward for his purposeful leadership and the positive impact his administration has made on the lives of the Edo people.”
Aregbesola said the victory was a triumph of the people’s will and aspiration in the nation’s democratic evolution.
“Today marks another watershed in the annals of our political history, electoral system and party politics. The massive support he got from the people of his state clearly signposted the love the people have for him, but above all their hope in democracy and good governance, a trait which the ACN epitomises in all the ramifications,” Aregbesola said.
Amosun said the wide margin victory of the Edo State governor was a testimony to the acceptability of the ACN, based on its welfarist and grassroots-oriented programmes.