President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Bayelsa, David Lyon, for winning last Saturday’s election in the state.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Lyon as the winner of the election on Monday.
The President in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, congratulated Lyon and commended the APC supporters and other Nigerians in the state who “notwithstanding the pockets of unrest recorded in some locations” exercised their civic rights in a peaceful manner.
He, however, condemned the loss of lives and commiserated with the families of the victims.
“Violence during elections vitiate our commitment to demonstrate to the world and upcoming generation that we are a people capable of electing leaders in a peaceful and orderly manner,” he said.
Buhari further noted that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials and security agencies did their best within the ambit of the law to ensure free, fair and credible elections.
“It is unfortunate that pockets of unrest, mostly sponsored by desperate politicians were recorded during the poll.
“The President looks forward to working with the incoming government to improve the lives of the people in Bayelsa State, while ensuring the security of lives and property of all citizens.
“President Buhari urges governor-elect Lyon to carry other divergent interests along in the next phase of governance, imploring those not satisfied with the outcome of the poll to seek redress through the constitutionally established channels,” the statement added.
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