President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Ademola Adeleke winner of the Osun State governorship election which began yesterday.
Mr Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled over 400,000 votes to unseat his closest challenger, Governor Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Mr Oyetola trailed behind with over 375,000 votes in the exercise marred by rampant vote buying by the political parties that participated in the exercise.
In series of tweets on Sunday, Mr Buhari said the outcome of the exercise was the decision of the people of the state.
“I congratulate Senator Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), on his victory in the Osun gubernatorial election,” the president said. “The people of Osun have expressed their will through the ballot.
“This is what democracy is all about: respect for the will of the people.
“The successful conduct of #OsunDecides2022 is a demonstration of the maturity and the commitment of all stakeholders, towards strengthening the integrity of the electoral process in Nigeria.
“I remain fully committed to leaving behind a legacy of credible elections in Nigeria,” Mr Buhari reiterated.