The special adviser to the president on political affairs Professor Rufai Ahmed Alkali commended President Jonathan for reaching a moral high ground and a source of inspiration to all who believe in Nigeria’s democracy. According to him, ‘It is to President Jonathan’s credit that the two general elections conducted under his watch have been adjudged the best in the history of the country.
He said ‘the March 28 Presidential election, which has been described by both domestic and international observers as a defining moment in the history of Nigeria has come and gone.
‘It is an undisputable fact that the saving grace of our great country is this historic election has been the candour, conduct and comportment of President Goodluck Jonathan who has elevated himself to the status of an eternal hero and a champion of democracy. This is particularly so because in spite of glaring irregularities and inconsistencies of the electoral process. President Jonathan took the unprecedented step of conceding to the opponent General Buhari even before the results was formally announced.
He said that the president’s participation is this contest was not for his personal interest but for the advancement of our vision of a united and prosperous Nigeria. This is precisely why he expanded the democratic space by allowing an opposition group to flourish. In a number of countries around the world, there are countless examples of interventions to scuttle opposition parties including systematic efforts by government to undermine their leadership. He said the election was the test case for the maturity of Nigeria’s democracy.
According to him, ‘the Nigerian people and security agencies must be commended for effective management of security during and after the elections. It is obvious that the services committed themselves fully to ensure the successful conduct of the election. It is our firm desire that moving forward, Nigeria will continue to show faith in the ballot box as the highest means of political experience and will therefore, jealously protect its sanctity. I wish to use this opportunity to thank those who believe in the candidature of President Goodluck Jonathan and sacrificed time, energy and resources for his success at the polls. We may seem not to have realised our goal but our contributions have tremendously enriched the democratic process in Nigeria. He urged their members to mobilise heavily for the PDP in the governorship and state assembly elections on Saturday April 11, 2015.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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