Party supporters raise flags in support of Nigerian President and Presidential candidate of the ruling People's Democratic Party Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo during a rally in Lagos on January 8, 2015. Nigeria's President Goodluc ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Umuahia - A former National Chairman of
the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, has congratulated
the President-elect, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, on his victory in last
Saturday’s Presidential election.
Ogbulafor said in Umuahia on Wednesday that Buhari’s election was the
handiwork of God.
"I am very happy over his election and this is the work of
God. It is God that crowns a king and whoever He says will be president will
be,’’ he said.
According to him, Buhari has contested the presidential
election several times but this is the time God has designed that he will win.
"This should teach us that there is God in politics and
what will be, will be,’’ he said.
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Ogbulafor also congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan for
mustering the "peace and grace of God’’ to concede defeat.
He said the way and manner Jonathan and Nigerians received
the result of the presidential election "showed that democracy has been
accepted by all Nigerians’’.
He said that "PDP will provide peaceful and constructive
opposition, saying that politicians should learn to play politics without
He admonished PDP to have faith in God, emphasising that "we should know that in politics, there is God.
"Nothing is permanent, so we should all join hands with
Buhari to build a strong and united nation we should be proud of,’’ he said.
Ogbulafor thanked God that Nigeria is still one in spite of
the predictions that there would be violence, bloodshed and disintegration of
Nigeria in the wake of the presidential election.
Also, the state Chairman of the PDP, Chief Emma Nwaka, said
that "my first reaction was disbelief’’.
Nwaka said that the party worked hard to ensure victory for
Jonathan at the polls.
He attributed Jonathan’s loss to the use of malfunctioning
card readers, saying that it was not fair to have reverted to manual
accreditation midway into the contest.
"This was not fair because it amounted to changing the rule
at the middle of the game and certainly some people took advantage of it to the
disadvantage of others,’’ he said.
He described Jonathan’s extension of goodwill to Buhari as "a good development for Nigeria’s democracy’’.
NAN reports that the atmosphere in Umuahia and its environs
has been calm and peaceful in the aftermath of the presidential election.