The President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has commended the country’s electoral umpire, INEC over the electoral process in the just concluded in Edo State which led to the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Recalled that Governor Godwin Obaseki was declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner after garnering the highest votes over his closest rival, Pastor Ize-Iyamu on Sunday.
The president’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a Tweet on Sunday said Buhari also “commended the people of Edo State, the parties, candidates and security agencies for conducting themselves responsibly.”
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 said in a statement by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on media and publicity.
He commended the people of Edo State, the parties, candidates and security agencies for conducting themselves responsibly.