In a veiled advise to his fellow party members to accept the outcome of the Edo State governorship election as the wishes of the Edo people, President Muhammadu Buhari has advised politicians to stop arm-twisting the judiciary to upturn the mandate given to their elected representatives during elections.
In a live broadcast on Wednesday to mark the country’s 60th independence Anniversary, President Buhari said the world over recognises the power of the people in any democracy and any constituency that chooses to trade off its power should be prepared for denial of its rights.
He said further: “This call is made more urgent if we realise that even after a transparent, free, fair and credible election, desperation leads to compromising the judiciary to upturn legitimate decisions of the people.
“It is necessary to, therefore support the enthronement of the rule of law by avoiding actions which compromise the judiciary”, he said.
Recall that Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) beat Osagie Ize-Iyamu of All Progressive Congress (APC) in the recent governorship election by 307,955 to 223,619 votes.
Immediately after the election, the Buhari congratulated governor Obaseki, urging him to “show grace and humility in victory”, adding that his “commitment to free and fair elections is firm because, without free and fair elections, the foundation of our political and moral authority will be weak.”