President Muhammed Buhari has commiserated with the families and loved ones of all those who lost their lives while charged political actors and stakeholders to take deliberate steps to eschew electoral violence as a peaceful and orderly process which is vital to the quest for enduring democracy.
He made it known while congratulating Governor Bello and Lyon on their victory for the just concluded gubernatorial election on his social media platform on Monday .
He commended INEC and the security agencies for discharging their responsibilities under difficult conditions. “The violence that took place, and loss of lives, by thugs doing the bidding of their political sponsors, is condemnable. There is no room in our democracy for electoral violence.
“Let me enjoin Governor Bello to imbibe the spirit of magnanimity in victory by extending a hand of partnership to opposition candidates, and also ask that all those dissatisfied with the outcome of the election should, in seeking redress, approach the courts” he said.
Reaction to the David Lyon victory, he said he looks forward to working with the incoming government to improve the lives of the people of Bayelsa State.
He commended the people of Bayelsa for generally exercising their right to vote in a peaceful manner, notwithstanding the violence in some areas. “Sadly the violence led to some deaths, particularly before the election. My deepest sympathies to the families of the victims.
“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.