Buhari congratulates Yahaya Bello on election victory


President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Yahaya Bello on his re-election as Governor of Kogi State.

In a tweet on his official twitter handle, President Buhari described the election as “a race well run and a victory well won.”

“I urge him (Bello) to see his renewed mandate as another opportunity to build on the foundations already laid towards improving the lives of the people of Kogi State,” the President said.

President Buhari also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and security agencies for “discharging their responsibilities under difficult conditions.”

“I commend INEC & security agencies for discharging their responsibilities under difficult conditions. The violence that took place, and loss of lives, by thugs doing the bidding of their political sponsors, is condemnable. There is no room in our democracy for electoral violence.

The President also condoled with those affected in the violence that marred the election.

“I commiserate with the families and loved ones of all those who lost their lives. All political actors and stakeholders must take deliberate steps to eschew electoral violence as a peaceful and orderly process is vital to our quest for enduring democracy.

“Let me enjoin Governor Bello to imbibe the spirit of magnanimity in victory by extending a hand of partnership to opposition candidates.”

President Buhari also charged those dissatisfied with the outcome of the elections to seek redress through legal means.

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