President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday urged parties who are dissatisfied with the declared Kogi governorship election result to approach the courts while congratulating the incumbent governor of the state, Yahaya Bello, on his reelection.
The President described the election and emergence of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate as “a race well run and a victory well won.”
President Buhari also condoled with families and loved ones of those who lost their lives as a result of regrettable acts of violence by thugs doing the bidding of their political sponsors.
According to the President, “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.”
He commended “officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies for creditably discharging their responsibilities under difficult conditions”.
President Buhari urged “Gov. 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”.
He also enjoined the governor to imbibe the spirit of magnanimity in victory by extending a hand of partnership to opposition candidates, while urging those dissatisfied with the outcome of the election to approach the courts.