Muhammadu Buhari. (File: AFP)
Abuja - Charles Nwodo, the former Chairman of the defunct Progressive Action Congress (PAC), on Wednesday congratulated the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari on his victory at the polls.
Speaking with the media in Abuja, Nwodo said: "I congratulate him for the giant victory, and I describe it as victory for the long walk for freedom, having contested for four good times before the victory.
"The elections have a lot of lessons to be drawn, and that shows that the power of the people is greater than the power of incumbency."
He also said that for some incumbent governors who lost their senatorial ambitions, it was also a clear demonstration that the power of the people was greater than the power of incumbency.
"It is a new dawn in the democratic dispensation of our dear country and everybody is expected to key in, so the country can move forward.
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"I have no doubt in my mind that with the support of Nigerians, we are going to see the desired change everybody is clamouring for."
Nwodo, however, urged all Nigerians to work for peace, security and stability of the country.
He said that the conduct of the elections was a further demonstration to the international community that the country had come of age democratically.
Nwodo commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a job well done, urging it to redouble efforts until the entire process was perfected.
He advised the incumbent president and the president-elect to intensify efforts in healing the wounds of hate speeches by politicians, to ensure a formidable, united and progressive Nigeria.
"I urge them to begin a reconciliatory process to heal the wounds of hate speeches and divisive tendencies witnessed during the campaigns.
"That way, the country will continue to unite as a great nation where peace and tranquillity reigns supreme," he added.