Buhari congratulates Lyon on election Victory


President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated David Lyon on his “impressive victory” in the Bayelsa governorship elections held on Saturday.

In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari also felicitated with supporters of the All Progressives Congress in Bayelsa and other residents of the state who exercised their civic rights in a peaceful manner, despite the pockets of unrest recorded in some parts of the state.

He blamed the violence witnessed during the elections on “desperate politicians”, noting that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies did their best within the ambit of the law to ensure free, fair and credible elections.

The President also condemned the loss of lives in the state, particularly prior to the election and, commiserated with the families of the victims.

“Violence during elections vitiates our commitment to demonstrate to the world and upcoming generation that we are a people capable of electing leaders in a peaceful and orderly manner,” President Buhari was quoted as saying in the statement.

He promised to work with the incoming government to improve the lives of the people in Bayelsa while ensuring the security of lives and property of all citizens.

President Buhari also urged those aggrieved by the outcome of the election to seek redress through the appropriate channels.

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