Buhari congratulates Obaseki, counsels against witch hunting

Buhari congratulates Obaseki, counsels against witch hunting

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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated governor Godwin Obaseki for his re-election in Saturday governorship election in Edo State, with a caution not to seek revenge against his political enemies.

He commended residents of the State and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for conducting a credible election, which led to the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Edo State Governor and governor-elect, Mr. Godwin Obaseki (right); Chairman of PDP National Campaign Council for Edo gubernatorial election and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike (2nd right) and Edo State Deputy Governor and deputy governor-elect, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu (2nd left), after a press conference where Obaseki was announced winner of September 19, 2020 guber election, on Sunday, September 20, 2020.

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,” according to a statement by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on media and publicity.

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