Abeokuta — Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has urged the governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, to be magnanimous in victory, saying his re-election reflected the choice of the people.
Governor Obaseki polled 307,955 votes to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who scored 223,619.
Obasanjo noted that the success recorded by the governor at last Saturday's election in the state was proof that Edo people valued his leadership and appreciated the efforts made thus far on their behalf.
"I salute you and all those who worked for your re-election," Obasanjo stated in a congratulatory letter to the governor, a copy of which was made available to newsmen by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, on Monday.
The former president noted that the outcome of the elections so far held broadly reflects the choice of Nigerians who have, by their conduct, visibly demonstrated that they value the nation's democracy and will do their utmost to make it work.
"I urge you, therefore, to reciprocate their trust by doing everything you can to strengthen their faith in democracy and in its ability to bring about improved material conditions and better service delivery.
"I also count on your support of well-meaning Nigerians like me in our quest for national peace, stability and economic development and trust that you will play an active and visible role in our pursuit of these noble and desirable objectives.
"You have fought and won the elections and deserve to savour the victory despite all the odds and challenges posed by opposition. As you rejoice, however, I would urge that you should be magnanimous in victory and stretch a hand of fellowship to the other candidates who failed in their bid for the elected office.
"Such a gesture is not only charitable but should also help at this time to cool passions in the wider interest of the nation and your state. You are now, as before, Governor of Edo State and not governor of only those who voted for you in Edo State.
"I felicitate with you, once again, on your renewed mandate and, as you prepare for another four years at the helm, I extend best wishes for your good health and the continued progress of Edo State under your able leadership," Obasanjo said.