President Muhammadu Buhari has applauded the election process in Edo State during which Governor Godwin Obaseki was re-elected according to results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The President congratulated the winner and urged him to show grace and humility in victory, according to a statement by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity.
In his reaction to the outcome of the election as announced by INEC, President Buhari 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 also said, “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 commended the people of Edo State, the parties, candidates and security agencies for conducting themselves responsibly.