President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated Governor Olusegun Mimiko on his re-election yesterday as Ondo State governor.

In a message signed by Reuben Abati, the presidential spokesman, he commended the people of Ondo State, the Independent National Electoral Commission and the security agencies for the peaceful elections, saying the event reflected his administration’s commitment to making elections in Nigeria progressively better-organised and more credible.

In its message, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) commended the people of Ondo State “for their emphatic rejection of tribalism and narrow political adventurism which were the hallmark of the campaign of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN)” in the election.

"How better do Nigerians say no to the drumbeats of tribalism and political narrowness than what the people of Ondo have just done with their votes?” the party said in the message signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh.  “It is a quantum forward leap for those who understand the dangers of  undue manipulation of national diversity for narrow political whims and a huge set back, utter rejection for the champions of ethnic politics."

President Jonathan who, did not allude to ethnicity in the election, urged Governor Mimiko to be prepared to work even harder to justify the fresh mandate given to him by the people of Ondo State.

“President Jonathan assures Dr. Mimiko that the Federal Government will continue to engage constructively and positively with the Ondo State Government in collaborative efforts to achieve faster socio-economic development and better living conditions for people in the state and all other parts of Nigeria,” his message said.

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