The Nigerian president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) congratulated the governor-elect of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki on his victory at the state governorship election held on Saturday, September 19.
The candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Godwin Obaseki came out victorious in the just concluded governorship election in Edo state which was held on Saturday.
According to the result declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Obaseki had 307,955 votes which was a clear win over Ize-Iyamu’s (candidate of the All Progressive Congress) 223,619 votes.
The President, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, praised the electoral process that saw the Independent National Electoral Commission declaring Obaseki winner.
In the statement titled “President Buhari commends election process in Edo State reiterates commitment to free and fair elections,” Shehu quoted Buhari as emphasising his commitment to credible elections.
The president in his statement, while congratulating Obaseki, he also urged him to “show grace and humility in victory.”
Buhari stated, “My commitment to free and fair elections is firm, because, without free and fair elections, the foundation of our political and moral authority will be weak.
“I have consistently advocated for free and fair elections in the country because it is the bedrock of true democratic order.
“Democracy will mean nothing if the votes of the people don’t count or if their mandate is fraudulently tampered with.”
He also commended the people of Edo state, the political parties, candidates, and security agencies for conducting themselves responsibly.