Edo Election Buhari congratulates state for successful poll

Adesina said the President described the victory as well deserved considering that they worked hard during the campaign.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the government and people of Edo on the successful conclusion of the gubernatorial election in the state, the President’s spokesman Femi Adesina said.

Adesina said in a statement in Abuja on Thursday that Buhari in a telephone call to Gov. Adams Oshiohmole of Edo, noted with delight the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Mr Godwin Obaseki in the poll.

He said Buhari commended the well-articulated campaign programme of APC in the state, the doggedness of the governor, governor-elect and the party members in going round the state to reach the people with records of good governance.

The president said the outcome of the election clearly reflected the mood of the people to sustain the pedigree of responsiveness, forthrightness and diligence that Oshiohmole brought into the service of his people, Adesina explained.

“The victory is good for democracy, for Nigeria and for the people of Edo,” he quoted the president as saying.

He said the president described the victory as well deserved considering that the campaign train, which he (Buhari) joined, worked hard to sell its people-centred manifesto.

Adesina said the president applauded the conduct of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies, National Youth Service Corps members and the electorates in ensuring a peaceful election in Edo.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that INEC had announced that Obaseki of APC won majority of the votes cast, with a total of319,483 votes to beat Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of PDP with  253,173 votes to the second place.

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