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Kogi state election: a race well run and a victory well won.’
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Kogi State Governor, Mr Yahaya Bello, ran a good race in the November 16 governorship poll and won it well.
This was contained in his message of congratulations to Bello, who was declared the winner of the poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
“The President describes the election and emergence of the All Progressives Congress candidate as ‘a race well run and a victory well won.’
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“He commends APC supporters for remaining steadfast and resolute even in the face of isolated incidents of violence”, a State House statement by his media aide, Mr Femi Adesina, on Monday said.
He also condoled with families who lost loved ones during the election.
“All political actors and stakeholders must take deliberate steps to eschew electoral violence as a peaceful and orderly process are vital to our quest for enduring democracy”, the President said.
The statement added, “He salutes officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies for creditably discharging their responsibilities under difficult conditions.
“President Buhari urges Governor 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 enjoins 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.”
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