Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring fairness in the just-concluded Edo governorship election.
Obaseki gave the commendation on Sunday while addressing journalists in Benin after INEC declared him winner of the election.
“The great people of Edo have spoken; they have spoken loud and clear. We thank God Almighty and give Him all the glory for this victory.
“We thank President Muhammadu Buhari for defending our democracy and for allowing INEC and all the security agencies to perform their constitutional functions without any interference.
“INEC and the security agencies have shown Nigerians and the world, indeed, that they are capable of conducting free and credible elections.
“The collective will of Edo people made it possible for us to triumph over godfatherism. We thank you all. I am eternally grateful to my party, the PDP, and other governors; not only for giving us the umbrella, but also for the hard work that ensured our victory.
“Our success has reinforced the fact that there is nothing we cannot achieve as a people, if we put forces together and collectively call on God for support.
“I reiterate my declaration to you today that working with my deputy, Philip Shaibu, we are committed to making Edo great again,” he said.
Earlier, Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers thanked INEC and all the security agencies for making Edo election free and fair.
“Let me first of all thank the entire people of Edo for all the support given to us since the onset of the campaign, after the election and till today.
“We also want to thank all the members of the PDP Campaign Council for their collective efforts in achieving this great success,” said Wike, who chaired the PDP campaign council.