Breaking: Jonathan congratulates Buhari

Breaking: Jonathan congratulates Buhari

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 6:21 pm

Buhari receives Jonathan's call

Buhari receives Jonathan’s call

President Goodluck Jonathan has telephoned Nigeria’s new president elect, Muhammadu Buhari on his election.

With just one state result to be announced officially by the Independent National Electoral Commission, Jonathan appears to have read the message of Nigerian voters clearly: time to go and give way to a new man.

By the TheNEWS computation, Major General Muhammadu Buhari garnered 15,568,456 votes.

President Goodluck Jonathan trailed with 12,853,652 votes.

Not Quite a Concession Speech:

Later in the day, President Jonathan issued a statement thanking supporters and calling the aggrieved to follow due process in registering their grievances.

“I thank you all for turning out en-masse for the March 28 General Elections.

President Goodluck Jonathan: salutes Buhari

President Goodluck Jonathan: salutes Buhari

“I promised the country free and fair elections. I have kept my word. I have also expanded the space for Nigerians to participate in the democratic process. That is one legacy I will like to see endure.

“Although some people have expressed mixed feelings about the results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), I urge those who may feel aggrieved to follow due process based on our constitution and our electoral laws, in seeking redress.

“As I have always affirmed, nobody’s ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian. The unity, stability and progress of our dear country is more important than anything else.

“I congratulate all Nigerians for successfully going through the process of the March 28th General Elections with the commendable enthusiasm and commitment that was demonstrated nationwide.

“I also commend the Security Services for their role in ensuring that the elections were mostly peaceful and violence-free.

“To my colleagues in the PDP, I thank you for your support. Today, the PDP should be celebrating rather than mourning. We have established a legacy of democratic freedom, transparency, economic growth and free and fair elections.

“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 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 national 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”.

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