Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has congratulated Mr. Godwin Obaseki on his re-election victory in Saturday governorship election in the State.
He said that he re-elected due of the value Edo people placed on his leadership style.
This was contained in Obasanjo congratulatory letter addressed to Obaseki.
He urged him to be magnanimous in victory in the wider interest of the state and Country.
According to him, the outcome of the elections which had taken place in recent times broadly reflected the choice of Nigerians who have, by their conduct, visibly demonstrated that they value the nation’s present democracy.
Obasanjo who is renowned for his letter writing, said: “You have fought and won the elections and deserve to savour the victory despite all the odds and challenges posed by the opposition.
“As you rejoice, however, I would urge that you should be magnanimous in victory and stretch a hand of fellowship to the other candidates who failed in their bid for the elected office, a gesture that is not only charitable but should also help at this time to cool passions in the wider interest of the nation and your state. You are now, as before, Governor of Edo State and not the governor of only those who voted for you in Edo State.
“I urge you, therefore, to reciprocate their trust by doing everything you can to strengthen their faith in democracy and in its ability to bring about improved material conditions and better service delivery. I also count on your support of well-meaning Nigerians like me in our quest for national peace, stability and economic development and trust that you will play an active and visible role in our pursuit of these noble and desirable objectives”, he wrote.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday declared Governor Godwin Obaseki as the winner of September 19, 2020 governorship election in Edo State.
Prof. Agofure Rukeh of Federal University of Petroleum Technology, Efurun, Delta State who doubled as the State returning Electoral Officer in the election, returned Obaseki re-elected after he polled 307,955 valid votes to defeat his closest rival, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who scored 223,619 votes in the election.
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