Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on youth and student matters, Comrade Jude Imagwe, has urged politicians to borrow a leaf from Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State for accepting the outcome of last Saturday’s governorship election.
According to the presidential aide, Fayemi’s action has endeared him to the governor and in his view, deserves to be picked as the democracy man of the year.
Imagwe spoke during the inauguration of the Convention Planning Committee of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in Abuja yesterday.
“Accepting defeat in a free and fair election is an act that must be emulated by all political players. The Ekiti election is a reflection and determination of Mr President to have a transformed electoral process”, he said.
He added: “Ekiti people have redefined democracy. I will say, Governor Kayode Fayemi is a face of democracy in Nigeria and I am picking Fayemi as the democracy man of the year”.
It would be recalled that Governor Fayemi in his concession speech on Sunday after the official announcement of the election results, accepted defeat and went ahead to congratulate Ayodele Fayose, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, who was declared winner of the election.
Imagwe appealed to politicians as well as aspirants in the forthcoming NANS convention in Markurdi, Benue State, to emulate the Ekiti governor and accept defeat whenever it comes.
Speaking earlier, NANS President, Comrade Yinka Gbadebo, while inaugurating a 36-man Committee for the convention, charged the members on “free, fair and credible election that will usher in the next leadership of NANS”.