Former vice-president and presidential aspirant of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) Atiku Abubakar (L) casts his vote during the presidential primary of the party in Lagos. ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has congratulated presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) Muhammadu Buhari, over his victory in the just-ended election.
He also congratulated outgoing President, Goodluck Jonathan, for conducting a historic election.
“My hearty congratulations to Muhammadu Buhari for being the elected next president of our beloved county, Nigeria. You have led our party, the All Progressives Congress to an unprecedented victory within two years of its official formation, and in so doing, written the most important chapter of our democracy,” Abubakar said.
He said Buhari’s victory in the polls, with votes from across the length and breadth of the country, bore witness to the acceptance of not just the APC, but also his ideology of justice, fair play and intolerance for corruption as the bedrock for national rebirth.
“To President Jonathan, I want to specially thank you for conducting a historic election. Your party may have lost the elections, but you have won the admiration of the world by not interfering with the wishes of Nigerians. History will be kind to you,” Abubakar said.
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He also thanked Nigerians who voted for the APC.
“Your votes have not just elected the first opposition party into federal power, but have also set a precedent which will have positive implications for democracy across Africa.”
The former military dictator dislodged the incumbent in the elections observers and local citizens described as credible, fair and most democratic.
Although the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was yet to make a final pronouncement, Buhari’s lead was unassailable at 15,4 million votes against Jonathan’s 13,3 million.
It is the first time an opposition party dislodged an incumbent in Nigeria since the advent on democracy in 1999.