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 described Gen. Muhammadu Buhari's victory at the March 28 Presidential election as a bedrock for national rebirth.
A statement released to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday and signed by Paul Ibe, the Deputy Head of Media to Atiku, said that Buhari's victory at the polls bore witness to the his ideology of justice, fair play and zero tolerance for corruption.
''The great Nnamdi Azikiwe once wrote that history will continue to vindicate the just. Your victory in the polls, with votes from across the length and breadth of our country, bears witness to the acceptance of not just our party, the APC, but also your ideology of justice, fair play and zero tolerance for corruption as the bedrock for national rebirth.
''You have led our party to an unprecedented victory within two years of its official formation, and in so doing, written the most important chapter of our democracy,'' the statement said.
The statement reminded the general not to relent on his promises to Nigerians.
It said that Abubakar pledged to support him in whatever he intended to do in the interest of the nation.
It further quoted Atiku as saying: ''Dear Buhari, the journey has just begun. Millions of Nigerians have put their trust in you, because they were not satisfied with the status quo.
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''You represent the hope of a new generation of Nigerians, and you cannot afford to fail them.
''Our party has made a promise of change to our young people, to secure and rebuild our country, create jobs and opportunities, and improve citizens’ welfare.
''We will stand behind you to ensure we keep those promises, just like we did during these elections.
''We look up to you to heal the fractures of our country, and truly unite this country like never before.
''The statement commended President Goodluck Jonathan ''for conducting a historic election'', adding:''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,'' it added.