- President Buhari has reacted to Obaseki's victory as the winner of the just-concluded Edo state governorship election
- The president congratulated Obaseki and urged him to show grace and humility in victory
- President Buhari also commended the election process which led to Obaseki's victory
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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Godwin Obaseki following his successful re-election as the governor of Edo state.
This was revealed in a statement released by the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.
According to the statement, President Buhari advised Obaseki to show grace and humility in victory.
Edo governorship election: President Buhari congratulates Obaseki. Photo credit: Nigerian presidency
The president also commended the election process which led to Obaseki's victory.
"President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the election process in Edo state which led to the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
"The President congratulated the winner and urged him to show grace and humility in victory," the statement reads.
"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," the president added.
He commended the people of Edo state, the parties, candidates and security agencies for conducting themselves responsibly.
Meanwhile, Governor Obaseki has also reacted to his victory as the winner of the just-concluded Edo state governorship election.
Obaseki who contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defeated the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and other candidates in the poll.
In his reaction, Obaseki said words failed in commending his supporters, saying their collective will made the "triumph over godfatherism" possible.
A former PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, on Sunday, September 20, also reacted to the reelection of Governor Obaseki.
In a statement made available to Legit.ng, Atiku congratulated Governor Obaseki noting that the end of godfatherism has come in Nigeria.
The former presidential candidate went on to state that it is a new dawn in Edo state, adding that the hard-won victory of Governor Obaseki is a declaration of independence from the anti-democratic forces of godfatherism and militarism.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that after collating and sorting of the election results, INEC declared that Obaseki won 13 local governments out of the 18 local government areas of the state.
The election was keenly contested between Ize-Iyamu and Obaseki.
Obaseki polled a total number of 307,955 to defeat his main challenger, Ize-Iyamu who scored 223,619.
Governor Obaseki was returned elected after polling the highest number of votes in the election.
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