The Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, an association of the 36 democratically-elected State Governors in Nigeria, has congratulated and welcomed all new and returning governors.
The NGF in a statement by its Director General, Ashishana Okauru, on Thursday said it is especially elated that winners have emerged in almost all the states.
“While we congratulate the winners and urge them to be magnanimous in victory, we kindly urge the other contestants to be gallant and gracious in defeat,” it said.
NGF also said it recognizes, as reported by Independent National Electoral Commission, that a number of states recorded violent incidents at polling units causing the death of the Commission’s officials, voters.
“May the souls of all those that died rest in eternal peace,” the NGF prayed.
The NGF advised all aggrieved candidates to seek legal redress within the parameters set by the country’s laws, rules and regulations.
The Forum said it “assured all governors-elect of absolute loyalty and support. We look forward to a fruitful partnership with the new state Chief Executives. By the victory at the April 11, 2015 governorship election, the governors-elect have become automatic members of the NGF.
“We pray to God to give them the wisdom, knowledge and understanding to govern their respective states,” it said.