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).
This was made known by the Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity) Garba Shehu on September 20, 2020, immediately after the INEC announced Governor Godwin Obaseki as the winner.
The President congratulated the winner and urged him to show grace and humility in victory.
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 added:
“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.
Obaseki of the People’s Democratic Party won the election with a total number of 307,955 to the All Progressive Congress Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s 223,619 at the election polls.