The president Dr. Goodluck Jonathan addressed the nation Wednesday morning, thanking all for the support he received. He further thanked the citizens for turning out en masse for the march 28, 2015. He said he promised Nigerians a free and fair election which he kept. He also said that he was also able to extend the political space for all Nigerians to participate in the democratic process.’ That is one legacy I will like to see endure.’
Jonathan called on all those who feel aggrieved to follow due process and that the unity and stability of the country is more important than anything else.’ ‘As I have always affirmed, nobody’s ambition is worth the blood of any Nigeria.
‘I congratulate all Nigerians for successfully going through the process of the March 28 general elecction with the commendable enthusiasm and commitment that was demonstrated nation wide.
He also commended the security services for the role in ensuring that the elections were mostly peaceful and violence free . He also thanked the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, for the support they gave, that they should celebrate rather than mourning.’ We have established a legacy of democratic freedom, transparency, economic growth and free and fair elections. He said, ‘for the past 16 years, we have steered the country away from ethnic and regional politics.We created a pan Nigerian political party and brought home to our people the realities of economic development and social transformation.
‘Through patriotism and diligence, we have built the biggest and most patriotic party in Nigerian history. We must stand together as a party and look to the future with a renewed optimism. I thank all Nigerians once again for the great opportunity I was given to lead this country and assure you that I will continue to do my best at the helm of the nations affairs until the end of my tenure.
‘I have conveyed my personal best wishes to General Muhammadu Buhari. May God Almighty continue to bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Earlier in the day Professor Attahiru Muhammadu Jega announced General Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the Presidential election. According to Jega’ I Attahiru Muhammadu Jega, haven satisfied the requirement of the laws and scored the highest number of votes, is declared the winner of the Presidential election.
Meanwhile, the winner of the election, General Buhari has praised President Jonathan as a ‘worthy opponent and he extends his hand of fellowship to him, I look to meeting him.’ He said the president will receive nothing but cooperation from him and his team. He said he will be meeting with the president and hope to have a smooth transition. He urged all to be circumspect and that the election was full of high emotion that Nigerians must not allow it to take over them. He extends the hand of fellowship across the board.
He also said that we have proven to the world that we are people who have embraced democracy. We have put the one party state behind us.
In a similar development, the former head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and the leader of the National peace committee which included Aliko Dangote, Ebitu Ukiwe, Priscilla Kuye and John Cardinal Onaiyekan, met with the president. General Abdulsalami Abubakar said as they were on their way to see President Jonathan on the need for all to accept the result, they called General Buhari only for Buhari to tell them that the president had called him by 5.15pm to concede defeat. He said ‘he left us spell bound’ and that it made their mission to the president a lot easier. He said they now went to thank the president for his gesture. He said it proved that the president is a man of his words. He called on all Nigerians to assist the president in the peaceful handing over.
The former military president Ibrahim Babangida congratulated Buhari and Jonathan. He said Buhari political journey is like that of President Abraham Lincoln of America. According to him’ I have just finished watching the proceeding of the declaration of results of the March 28 Presidential elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission,INEC, and the emergence of my friend , professional colleague and former head of state , General Muhammadu Buhari as the President – elect.
‘Let me therefore , formally congratulate General Buhari and the APC for this well deserved victory.
‘This victory to me , conveys two significant statements in our political history and evolution. First, that incumbents can be defeated in any democratic process if the people’s aspirations are not fulfilled. Second, that there is good reward for perseverance and hard work. General Buhari has been very consistent in pursuing his political aspiration.
The senate president David Mark urged Nigerians to be calm and peaceful. He said the election has demonstrated that democracy has come to stay. Also the President of the United States of America has praised Nigeria’s democracy. He urged President Jonathan and the President -elect Buhari to continue to asked their supporters to respect the peace accord in abuja. he said looking at the Gubernatorial election that efforts should be made to address the logistics challenges and ensure that peace is maintained.
Chief Emeka Anyaoku , the former secretary General of the commonwealth commended president Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat to General Buhari in the presidential election . He said ‘ I’ll commend the president for this stseman gesture. This I believe has set the stage for peaceful transition. He has demonstrated an uncommon grace. He has done the country well, he has made us proud.
‘I believe the election is one of the best ever had in recent times. It shows that our democracy is taking roots. I’m hopeful that future elections will be well run.
Kofi Annan, the former Secretary General of the United Nations also praised the democratic spirit of President Jonathan in accepting the outcome of the election. He also commended Prof. Jega for conducting a transparent election.While advising against post election violence, he commended the security agencies for ensuring security and for Nigerians for exercising their civic rights despite challenges.
Former governor of Ekiti state , Kayode Fayemi said’ This is a defining moment in our nation’s search for development. I congratulate the President -elect General Buhari and his Vice Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and also appreciate President Goodluck Jonathan for the exemplary way he conceded defeat and congratulated the winner kudos to the leadership of INEC . Above all it is victory for democracy , it is victory for Nigeria and Nigerians and things can only get better for the country.’
Meanwhile, the supporters of the APC have been in a frenzy of celebration. The broom carrying supporters sang and danced in front of the party’s headquarters in Abuja. The celebration went all through the night. Nigerians are expectant as the ordinary Nigerians have been listing their expectations for the president elect. Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has asked the president elect to address corruption. Most Nigerians say they expect the president elect to focus on stable power supply, agriculture, employment generation, corruption, maintain the independence of INEC and to be fair to all. They say they expect him make immediate impact in the 100days. They expect nothing less.
‘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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