In a press statement released by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adeshina, the President described the election and emergence of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate as “a race well run and a victory well won.”
While sympathizing with the families of those who lost loved ones as a result of violence during the election, the President also commended APC supporters for remaining steadfast and resolute even in the face of isolated incidents of violence.
In his words, “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 saluted 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 use his second term in office 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 seek redress in the courts.