Kebbi Governor-elect, Usman Dakingari
By Kunle Akogun and Chuks Okocha
The Senate President, David Mark, yesterday congratulated the governor-elect of Kebbi State, Alhaji Usman Dakingari, saying his resilience in the face of challenges demands commendation.
Also, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) congratulated Dakingari on his victory at the Saturday re-run governorship election, stating that the victory was well deserved.
In a congratulatory message to the governor-elect over his victory, Mark noted that the election was fought and won in a free and fair contest. He said: “Your election has proved doubting Thomases wrong. The people have decided and reposed their trust and confidence in you.”
Meanwhile, PDP in a statement in Abuja, by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said Dakingari’s victory was as a result of the well articulated vision and sustained programmes of the PDP which the newly elected governor had been implementing since 2007.
“Our National Chairman Dr. Turkur throughout his campaign and subsequent election has been harping on the imperative of credible performance for all elected officials on the platform of our great party at all tiers. This is the only criterion that commends us to the generality of Nigerians. The re-election of Alhaji Dakingari has proved this once more,” he said.
The party charged Dakingari to break new grounds in service to the people, saying: “We urge you to move notches higher; we urge you to reach new heights with this fresh mandate.”
The success of the transformation drive of the Federal Government can only turn full circle with the replication of such feats at other tiers and you have over the years proved your capacity to deliver the goals.”
The statement commended the electorate and people of Kebbi State for voting for the candidate of the PDP again, saying, “We congratulate you for your preference for our party; for casting your lot with the PDP. The outcome of the election is not surprising since your State is home to the PDP. We wish to emphasize our re-assurance that Alhaji Dakingari will surpass his previous records in service to your dear State. The PDP is on irreversible march to transform Nigeria.”
It further said the National Chairman of the Party, Dr. Turkur also paid glowing tribute to the reconciliation and the return of some estranged members of the Party in Kebbi State to the PDP family, a development the National Chairman averred assisted in no small way in the over whelming victory of the Party in the election. He therefore enjoined other states chapters that still have internal wrangling to borrow a leaf from the Kebbi State members of the party.