Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the state. The governor, in a broadcast to the people, said the curfew takes effect from 7.30 pm to 6 am. He advised people to be moderate in their reaction to the result of the presidential election, which the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, won.
The curfew is believed to have been imposed to prevent wild jubilation in the opposition camp, which may provoke members of the ruling party and other Jonathan sympathisers. The governor urged Nigerians to accept the result of the presidential election in good faith, saying the outcome of the poll reflects the will of God and Nigerians. He said the result also reflects the will of all lovers of peace, progress and development of Nigeria.
A statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, hailed the resilience and commitment of President Goodluck Jonathan and Gen. Buhari. The governor said the election results should not be seen as victory or loss for any party, adding: “To me, Nigerians and democracy won.”
He praised Nigerians for believing in the democratic process. “By this election, Nigerians have shown that democracy has come to stay in the country.” Fayose said: “I salute Nigerians, especially the people of Ekiti State.
“I salute President Jonathan for laying the most solid foundation for democracy in Nigeria. And I salute Major General Buhari for being a resilient and dogged fighter. “I urge Nigerians, irrespective of their ethnic, religious and political affiliation to respect the outcome of the election in the interest of peace, progress and development of the country.
“Nigeria, as a country, is greater than any individual or group and it is my plea that no one should do anything to rock the boat of peace in the country.”