The Nigeria Intervention Movement, being spearheaded by a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), and others, has congratulated Kayode Fayemi for his victory in the Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State.
Fayemi, who was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, polled 197,459 votes, to defeat his strongest contender, Prof Kolapo Olusola, of the Peoples Democratic Party, who polled 178,121 votes.
In a statement on Monday by its coordinator in Ekiti State, Moses Jolayemi, NIM described Fayemi’s victory at the poll as well-deserved, heartwarming and good news to democracy.
The movement said Fayemi’s victory had confirmed its earlier position that Ekiti people were determined “to move away from the era of glorifying poverty and embracing pittance.”
It commended the Independent National Electoral Commission and the security agents for ensuring a hitch-free exercise.
“Prior to the election, NIM, Ekiti State chapter, had recommended Fayemi to the national body as the preferred candidate after due consultations with other candidates vis-a-vis their programmes and philosophies about governance as well as NIM leaders and members across the state, leaders of thought and other stakeholders.
“An earlier statement jointly signed by Jolayemi and the South-West Secretary of NIM, Prof Anthony Kila, said the intervention movement zeroed in on Fayemi after due diligence had been carried out on the leading candidates for the election.
“The choice of Fayemi confirmed the earlier position of NIM that Ekiti people were determined to move away from the era of glorifying poverty and embracing pittance,” the statement read in part.