Edo: Buhari congratulates Obaseki, reiterates commitment to free, fair election

Governor Godwin Obaseki during his visit to President Muhammadu Buhari, at the presidential villa, Abuja. (File photo)

The President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the winner of Edo governorship election, Godwin Obaseki, as he urged him to show grace and humility in victory.

Buhari, who gave his words on Sunday, also commended the election process in Edo State which led to the victory of Governor Obaseki, as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Reacting to the outcome of the election as announced by INEC, in a statement by his his media aide, Garba Shehu, the President said: “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.”

The President added: “I have consistently advocated for free and fair elections in the country because it is the bedrock of true democratic order.

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“Democracy will mean nothing if the votes of the people don’t count or if their mandate is fraudulently tampered with.”

He commended the people of Edo State, the parties, candidates and security agencies for conducting themselves responsibly.