The meeting was the first between the two leaders after Governor Obaseki emerged victorious at the September 19 governorship election in Edo State.
As earlier reported by Naija News, the Governor was accompanied on what he termed a ‘thank you visit’ by his deputy, Philip Shuaibu, their spouses as well as some lawmakers from the state.
This online medium has now obtained details of what President Buhari told the delegation during their visit to the Villa.
President Buhari as revealed by the Presidency, told the delegation that it is his responsibility to protect the interest of Nigerians and ensure no innocent Nigerian suffers.
It was also revealed that President Buhari instructed the Inspector-General of Police that the Edo State governorship elections must be free and fair.
He said: “I thank you for bringing your deputy and supporters to come and see me after beating my party. I am supposed to preside over all Nigerian interests whether I like it or not, but my single desire is to make sure that innocent people don’t suffer.”
“I am supposed to preside over all Nigerian interests whether I like it or not, but my single desire is to make sure that innocent people don’t suffer. That message I got across to the Inspector General of Police, that elections must be free and fair.”
“If contestants have too much money and they decide to spray, so be it. But what I insist is, nobody should go and raise a counter force to the government, arm heavily-drugged thugs to go and humiliate people.”
“I want Nigerians to appreciate that I respect them as Nigerians and that I am bound by the oath I have taken, that their security is in the hands of God and in the hands of the government, which I am leading.”
Buhari was further quoted to have said that he wants to leave a legacy of rule of law, respect for human rights and human beings as a political culture in Nigeria.
“I am trying to make sure that the party is built on a civilised basis, rule of law & respect for human rights & human beings, right from polling units to [LGAs], to States up to Abuja & that’s what I have been insisting as my contribution to the NWC and executive of the party.”
“I know we are a developing country, a developing economy and trying to develop our political culture. I want the development of political culture to be based on integrity and accountability.”
“Let people work very hard and earn what they are looking for through their hard work and through fair competition.”
Meanwhile, it will be recalled that Governor Obaseki while speaking with newsmen after Friday’s visit also declared that he has no plans to return to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the party he dumped for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) shortly before the September 19 governorship polls in Edo.
He also declared that he has no intention of becoming the next political godfather in Edo State.
Source: Naija News