In a statement after the court’s judgement, Governor Fayose said: “I want to sincerely appreciate Ekiti people for their resilience and love for me. I am formally dedicating this victory to God and to them”.
“Having voted for me 10 months ago, and confirming the victory by the subsequent elections in the last few weeks, the people of Ekiti State have shown that they are unequivocal about their choice and their determination to protect and defend that mandate.
“I cannot but appreciate the Apex Court for protecting democracy and also for living to the expectation of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon Justice Mahmud Mohammed, who had assured that under his leadership, the judiciary would not subscribe to any plot to change the outcome of elections through the instrumentality of the Court.
“I think the necessary lessons must have been learnt and it is obvious that Nigeria is evolving democratically,” he said.
Addressing his opponent, Mr Kayode Feyemi, Governor Fayose said: “I plead with you to sheath your sword and join me in the development of Ekiti State. If truly our struggle is about service to our dear State, it is time to come together and channel all our resources towards the development of the State.
“I am irrevocably committed to the protection of all, including the opposition in the State.
“Nobody is infallible, and I am not a perfect being. The only one that is perfect is God, but He, in His infinite mercies has made me the Governor of Ekiti State today.
“I have a term and tenure; there will be another opportunity for Ekiti people to decide who governs them. Rather than trouble the peace of the State, our friends in the opposition parties should accept the will of God concerning our dear State and wait till 2018.
“I thank all stakeholders and I am assuring them that I will leave Ekiti State better than I met it”.
Governor Fayose further commended security agencies for being alive to their responsibilities during the elections that were held in the sate on March 28 and April 11.
Meanwhile, The Supreme Court has earlier dismissed an appeal by the All Progressives Congress (APC), challenging the eligibility and election of the Ekiti State governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose for lack of merit.
Meanwhile, lawmakers in Ekiti State are making a move to impeach Governor Fayose, with a purported impeachment notice circulated on the internet.
Governor Fayose has dismissed the move, saying that it is only God that can remove him from the governorship position.