President Buhari congratulates David Lyon on his victory
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Chief David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on his “impressive victory” in Saturday’s governorship election in Bayelsa State.
The president, in a message by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Monday, also commended APC supporters in particular and Nigerians in general in the State who exercised their civic rights in a peaceful manner, notwithstanding the pockets of unrest recorded in some locations.
President Buhari said he 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.
He noted that “while officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) 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.”
According to President Buhari, ‘‘Violence during elections vitiates 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.’’
President Buhari urged the 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.