All Progressives Congress National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, congratulates the victors in the just-concluded governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states, Alhaji Yahaya Bello and Mr. David Lyon, respectively.
He also extends congratulations to the National Chairman, Kogi and Bayelsa State Chairmen and other leaders in the two states on this twin-victory. The outcome of these elections shows that the people believe in the direction that President Buhari and the APC wish to take this nation. The electorate has faith in the progressive reforms our party envisions.
Their victories stand as testament to the growing acceptance of our party, the quality of our leadership and governance and the credibility of our promise to lead the people and the nation to the Next Level. It shows that the people have no appetite to return to the failed policies and practices of the past.
For Governor Bello, the people of Kogi have handed him a second term. Their vote is proof of the confidence that the people of Kogi retain in his leadership. He must now re-double his efforts to do even more for the people in his second term.
The governor must focus on the development of the state as he is the person, more than anyone else, who will determine the fate of Kogi. He must do all he can to realise the potential of the state. He must take advantage of the state’s agricultural richness as well as its proximity to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and the commerce resulting from that closeness.
I urge the opposition candidates and politicians in Kogi and Bayelsa to rally round their governors and work together in the interests of their two states.
I condemn the scattered incidents of violence witnessed in the election in some parts of Kogi State. Election should celebrate our democratic existence. Never should election be occasioned by loss of life.
We sympathise with the victims and commiserate with the families of those who lost their lives. I enjoin law-enforcement authorities to identify those responsible for perpetrating the violence and levy the full force of the law against them. Violent behaviour must not be allowed to impede our path to greatness as a democratic nation.
I also commend all INEC officials involved for conducting fair, free and credible elections. Their task is never easy. They deserve praise for overseeing well-organised elections.