President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Edo State governor and candidate of the PDP in Saturday’s election, Godwin Obaseki for winning a second term in office.
The president in a statement issued on Sunday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu urged Obaseki to show grace and humility in victory.
Buhari commended the election process as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) while reaffirming his commitment to free and fair elections.
He also commended the people of Edo state the parties, candidates and security agencies for conducting themselves responsibly.
The statement read in part: “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.”
It will be recalled that Obaseki was declared winner of the election by INEC after polling 307,955 votes to defeat his closest rival, Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who got 223,619 votes.