The Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has commended Governor Godwin Obaseki for securing another term of four years in the Edo Governorship election.
The election was contested by 14 aspirants from different political parties in the state on September 19. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Obaseki as a winner of the poll in Edo on Sunday, September 20, 2020.
Buhari applauded the governor and advised him to show grace and humility in victory. The president also commended the people of the state, contenders, and security agencies for conducting themselves responsibly during the election process.
In his response to the outcome of the poll as announced by the 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.
“I have consistently advocated for free and fair elections in the country because it is the bedrock of true democratic order.”
Buhari further expressed gratitude to the people of Edo for partaking in the election. “Democracy will mean nothing if the votes of the people don’t count or if their mandate is fraudulently tampered with,” added the president.