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Buhari acknowledges credibility of Edo election, reaffirms commitment to free, fair elections



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President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday acknowledged the credibility of the governorship election in Edo State won by incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The president in a statement, commended the process of the election which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Governor Obaseki winner.

President Buhari, accordingly, congratulated Governor Obaseki, urging him to show grace and humility in victory.

President Buhari declared: “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.”

The president commended the people of Edo State, the parties, candidates and security agencies for conducting themselves responsibly during the election.

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