Nigerians have lampooned President Muhammadu Buhari for commending the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) following the conduct of the Kogi governorship election.

Buhari had in a statement on Monday lauded INEC for a conducting the poll which saw the re-election of Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

INEC’s Returning Officer for the election Ibrahim Umar said Bello polled a massive 406,222 votes to defeat his rival, Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 189,704 votes.

“Congratulations to Governor Yahaya Bello on his re-election,” Buhari had said. “It was a race well run and a victory well won.

“I urge him to see his renewed mandate as another opportunity to build on the foundations already laid towards improving the lives of the people of Kogi State.

“I commend INEC and security agencies for discharging their responsibilities under difficult conditions.”

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Also, Buhari said there is no room for violence in the country’s electoral process, commiserating with families of those who lost their lives and properties in Kogi State.

“The violence that took place, and loss of lives, by thugs doing the bidding of their political sponsors, is condemnable,” he said. “There is no room in our democracy for electoral violence.

“I commiserate with the families and loved ones of all those who lost their lives. All political actors and stakeholders must take deliberate steps to eschew electoral violence as a peaceful and orderly process are vital to our quest for enduring democracy.”

However, some Nigerians did not find Buhari’s message as good enough, claiming that it was marred with violence and other irregularities.


  1. Please oga Yaya belo we are waiting at gwagwalada o come and stop at d middle of d road and throw money at us through ur car Window as usual but increase o now dat u have won at least may we in fct for follow chop d salary we u no gree pay ur state labour force


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