By Biola Adebayo
The United Kingdom (UK) on Wednesday said Nigerians can have confidence in the outcome of the presidential election held across the country last Saturday.
INEC had declared President Muhammadu Buhari, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), while Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) came second.
UK’s minister of state for Africa, Harriett Baldwin, in a statement issued and signed on Wednesday, said the result declared was consistent with the civil society parallel vote tabulation process.
“I offer my congratulations to President Buhari on securing a second term as the Nigerian President,” she said in the statement.
“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,’’ said the statement.