Chief Great Ogboru on Monday tasked politicians to emulate the sportsmanship shown by Gov. Kayode Fayemi in the just concluded Ekiti governorship election.
Ogboru, the 2011 governorship candidate of the Democratic Peoples’ Party (DPP) in Delta State, said in a statement in Lagos that Fayemi deserved praise for readily accepting the outcome of the election.
Fayemi sent a congratulatory message to the PDP candidate and governor-elect of Ekiti, Mr Ayodele Fayose, who won the June 21 governorship election.
“While I congratulate Fayose, I commend Fayemi for his courage to readily accept the outcome of the election and also for his achievements as governor.
“Fayemi’s show of sportsmanship is uncommon in the nation’s polity’’ Ogboru said.
His statement came as some residents in Nsukka also called on politicians to emulate the sportsmanship exhibited by Fayemi.
Fayemi’s decision to concede defeat has equally been hailed as a show of patriotism and a demonstration that politics should not be a do or die affair.
Mr Victor Amadi, a legal practitioner, said that Fayemi’s acceptance of defeat and message of congratulation to Fayose was a welcome development.
“It is an indication that the country’s democracy is growing.
“Politicians in the country should emulate the good example of Fayemi to strengthen the nation’s democracy.
“The incumbent governor’s action shows that the will of people should prevail in elections.
“Fayemi has set a good record in the country’s democracy for other politicians to emulate,’’ he said.
Mrs Charity Odo, a female activist, said that the show of sportsmanship by Fayemi was an indication that there were good politicians.
“Nigerians should learn from Fayemi that the voice of the people supersedes personal interest.
“I congratulate Fayose of PDP and at the same time, urge him to reciprocate this humility by carrying everybody along when he assumes office.
“I commend INEC for the free and fair governorship in Ekiti and urge the commission to do the same in the 2015 general elections,’’ she said.
Mr Kennedy Urama also commended the good spirit of Fayemi for accepting defeat.
“Politicians should remember that power belongs to the people.
“Fayose should be magnanimous in victory by appointing capable hands that would work with him, irrespective of party affiliations,’’ he said.