President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on winning the Edo State governorship election conducted on Saturday.
President Buhari’s message was contained in a statement issued by Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, on Sunday.
Obaseki, who is the incumbent Governor of Edo State, defeated Osagie Ize-Iyamu of Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) at the poll.
The president, according to the statement, urged Governor Obaseki to “show grace and humility in victory”.
He also reiterated his administration’s commitment to the conduct of free and credible elections.
The statement read: “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.”
President Buhari commended the people of the state, the political parties, candidates, and security agencies for conducting themselves responsibly.