President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday broke his own tradition to congratulate the government and people of Edo State on the successful conclusion of the governorship election in the state.
He also congratulated the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Godwin Obaseki, for his victory at the polls.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, today, declared APC winner of the keenly fought contest with 319,483 votes to the Peoples Democratic Party’s 253,173 votes.
In a telephone call to Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, the president hailed the well-articulated campaign programme of the APC in the state, the doggedness of the governor, governor-elect and party members in going round the state to reach the people with records of good governance over the years and a promise of continuity.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the president said that the outcome of the election clearly reflected the mood of the people to sustain the pedigree of responsiveness, forthrightness and diligence that Governor Oshomole brought into the service of his people.
“The victory is good for democracy, for Nigeria and the people of Edo State”, Buhari said.
President Buhari also said that the victory was well-deserved as the campaign train, which he joined, worked hard to sell its people-centered manifesto.
He applauded the conduct of INEC, security agencies, corps members and electorate in ensuring a peaceful election.