President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said the outcome of the governorship election in Edo State reflected the mood of the people of the state.
He therefore congratulated the government and people of the state on the successful conclusion of the election and the victory of the All Progressives Congress’ candidate, Godwin Obaseki, at the polls.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President conveyed his congratulatory message in a telephone conversation he had with Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
Buhari was said to have commended what he described as the well-articulated campaign programme of the APC in the state, the doggedness of the governor, governor-elect and party members.
He lauded them for going round the state to reach the people with records of good governance over the years and a promise of continuity.
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 Oshiomhole brought into the service of his people.
“The victory is good for democracy, for Nigeria and the people of Edo State,” he said.
Buhari said the victory was well-deserved as the campaign train, which he joined, worked hard to sell its people-centered manifesto.
The President also applauded the conduct of the Independent National Electoral Commission, security agencies, corps members and electorate in ensuring a peaceful election.
INEC had announced that Obaseki won the majority of the votes cast, with a total of 319,483 votes, and he was closely followed by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the PDP, who polled 253,173 votes.