Buhari strikes a note of unity in victory speech, as PDP urges Nigerians to remain peaceful after election defeat 




President Muhammadu Buhari  Wednesday, described his victory at the just concluded poll as a unifier for an embattled country, while promising to deliver days of hope over fear.


In the speech personally delivered by Buhari, promised to deliver unity over division after a deeply divided electorate which is polarised more than ever over many issues as well as the state of the economy and security.


” We will strive to strengthen our unity and inclusiveness so that no section or group will feel left behind or left out.”


The president also spoke of restoring a sense of higher purpose to the country.


The president’s speech which reads in part said “First and foremost, I give thanks to Almighty God Who has spared our lives to witness another victory for Nigerian democracy and victory for our party APC.


” I thank the millions of Nigerians who voted to re-elect me as your president for the next four years. I am deeply humbled and profoundly grateful to you for judging me worthy of continuing to serve you and for your peaceful conduct.


“In particular, I would like to thank Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for his masterful leadership as Co-chair of the Campaign Council. I would like to also thank the Party Chairman Adams Oshiomhole, the Director General of the Campaign Council Rotimi Amaechi, all members of the Presidential Campaign Council and other various Support Groups.

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“My grateful thanks to all those who contributed to the logistical expenses of the campaign in such a vast country like Nigeria.


“I also thank the millions of volunteers, self-appointed overseers, canvassers, agents, escorts and sentries who sacrificed so much of their time and resources to ensure the success of these elections. I do not have the words adequate to thank them.


“Although Saturday’s elections were relatively peaceful, troublemakers in a handful of states attempted to disrupt an otherwise orderly process. Security agencies will bring to justice all those arrested in the process.


“I am very sad at the grievous loss of lives during these elections. Security agencies will step up their efforts to protect voters in the forthcoming State elections.


“I would like to commend our security agencies, as severely overstretched as they are, for handling the difficult task of securing the country during the election period.


“I will like to make a special appeal to my supporters not to gloat or humiliate the opposition. Victory is enough reward for your efforts.


“We give thanks also to our Domestic and International observers for contributing to the success of our elections and for their interest in our country and our developing democracy.

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“The new Administration will intensify its efforts in Security, Restructuring the Economy and Fighting Corruption. We have laid down the foundation and we are committed to seeing matters to the end. We will strive to strengthen our unity and inclusiveness so that no section or group will feel left behind or left out.


Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says it is committed to democracy and would explore other means to resolve issues about the presidential election result


The former aviation minister, Osita Chidoka, who served as an agent of the PDP at the collation centre, noted that the PDP believes the legal process in Nigeria is one of the ways to resolve issues


He said “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged Nigerians to remain peaceful in response to INEC’s declaration which named President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC as the winner of the presidential election.


Chidoka, who served as an agent of the PDP at the collation centre in Abuja, noted that his party was committed to democracy and would explore lawful means to resolve issues,


“The PDP remains a very lawful party, we believe in the law, we believe in the constitution of Nigeria, we are committed to democracy. But we have a good message for Nigerians, we want them to remain peaceful, we will explore all our options, including the belief that the legal process in Nigeria is one of the way to resolve issues,

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The former minister had earlier said there was a discrepancy of more than 1,600, 000 voters in terms of registered voters.


He said the cancelled votes affected more than 2 million voters, saying that there were 5.1 million votes that cannot be accounted for and thus called for a rerun.


However, the INEC chairman Mahmood Yakubu, said the asserting that 5.1 million voters could not vote because of card readers is not true. He also said when card readers are deliberately circumvented, votes will be cancelled.


Meanwhile, Nuhu Ribadu, the director of field operations of the President Muhammadu Buhari campaign organisation, on Wednesday, described the re-election of the first citizen of the country as a reward to Nigerians.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ribadu said this in Yola, the capital of Adamawa state, that Nigerians sacrificed their time and energy to vote in a free and fair election and were rewarded with a man committed to selfless service.


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