President Muhammed Buhari has congratulated Godwin Obaseki on his re-election as governor of Edo state.
In a result announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) on Sunday afternoon in Benin-City, Obaseki polled 307, 995 across the 18 local governments while Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress(APC) polled 223, 619 votes.
In a statement issued on Sunday by senior special assistant to president Buhari, Garba Shehu said he is committed to free and fair elections because it is the bedrock of true democracy.
“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,” Buhari said.
“I have consistently advocated for free and fair elections in the country because it is the bedrock of true democracy.
“Democracy will mean nothing if the votes of the people don’t count or if their mandate is fraudulently tampered with.”
The president also commended the people of Edo state, the parties, candidates and security agencies for conducting themselves responsibly during the exercise.
With the result announced, Obaseki is re-elected for another four years in office.