President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday congratulated Godwin Obaseki on his re-election as governor of Edo State.
The president in a statement signed by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu, urged governor Obaseki to continue to show grace and humility in victory.
The President also commended the election process in the state, reiterating the government’s commitment to free and fair elections.
“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,” he 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.”
Speaking further, President Buhari also commended the people of the state, the parties, candidates and security agencies for conducting themselves responsibly.
Overall, most of the stakeholders rated the exercise as largely peaceful, free and fair.