Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of Transportation, has said that the outcome of Edo election is a fulfillment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s promise of ensuring free, fair and credible elections in the country, Vanguard reports.
Amaechi who was represented by Dr. Dakuku Peterside, director-general, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), made this known on Thursday, September 29 at Ngo in Andoni local government area of the state.
According to the report, Amaechi said that after the March 19 rerun elections in Rivers, he reminded Buhari of his promise to conduct free and fair elections in the country.
He said: “I went to the president because there were more guns in hands of criminals than Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in hands of peaceful people during the March 19 legislative rerun elections.
“The president assured me that to signpost the fact that never again will electorate be held hostage by gunmen, watch out for Edo governorship election.
“If we have free, fair and credible election in Edo, then you take it that same will happen in Rivers, Buhari assured me.”
The minister therefore believes that with the peaceful conduct of the Edo election, Buhari had fulfilled his promise and Rivers people would reap from that pledge.
He said: “In a peaceful atmosphere during elections, no South-South state will vote for opposition party. So, Rivers people will vote to be in the mainstream in the pending rerun elections.
“I want to assure Rivers people that there will be free and fair election and APC will come out victorious.”
Amaechi noted that APC has the best candidates to represent Rivers effectively in the national and state assemblies.
He said: “With APC members in the state assembly, the legislature will have its colour; Rivers people will have strong voice in the National Assembly.”
Godwin Obaseki was declared winner of the Edo election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), after he defeated his closest rival, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with 319,483 votes to 253,173 votes.
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