By Tunde Niyi-Akinmade
The United Kingdom has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on his re-election for a second term.
Harriet Baldwin, the British Minister of State for Africa, in a statement, on Wednesday, said the result declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been consistent with the result obtained through the civil society Parallel Vote Tabulation process.
INEC on Wednesday declared President Buhari of the All Progressive Congress (APC), the winner of the 2019 Presidential elections having scored 15, 191, 847 votes while his closest rival, Atiku Abubakar, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored 11, 262, 978 votes.
Baldwin said the UK believes the Nigerian people can have confidence in the result.
“I offer my congratulations to President Buhari on securing a second term as the Nigerian President. The UK is a long-standing friend and partner of Nigeria and the Nigerian people, and a stable and prosperous Nigeria benefits Africa and the world.
“The Nigerian people have demonstrated resilience and a commitment to democracy. The result declared by the Nigerian election commission is consistent with the result obtained through the civil society Parallel Vote Tabulation process.
“Along with our international partners, the UK believes the Nigerian people can have confidence in the result.
“However, we also recognise that independent Nigerian voices have expressed concerns about the conduct of the electoral process, in particular logistics and results collation, and reports of intimidation of election officials.
“We urge any party or individual who wishes to challenge the process to do so peacefully and through the appropriate legal channel and we encourage Nigerian authorities to examine all allegations of wrongdoing carefully, and take the necessary action against individuals found responsible.
“My thoughts are also with the families and friends of those who lost their lives in election-related violence. No one should die in the exercise of their democratic rights.
“We will continue to support Nigeria and its civil society in drawing lessons from these elections and strengthening its democracy,” the statement said