Election: No Victor, No Vanquished
one as vanquished, President Goodluck Jonathan has said.
He stated this in his acceptance speech broadcast to the nation shortly after INEC on Monday in Abuja announced his return as the winner of the contest.
“My brothers and sisters, fellow citizens, we are all winners. In this context, there is no victor and no vanquished.
“Nigerians have proved to the world that we are capable of holding free, fair and credible elections.
“With the evident national spread of our victory, we have demonstrated that even in our diversity, the progress of Nigeria remains paramount to all,’’ Jonathan said.
The President thanked Nigerians for the great sacrifice and overwhelming national mandate given to him through the polls and assured them that he would not let them down.
While assuring of maintaining free and fair polls, Jonathan called on Nigerians to approach the forthcoming governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections with the same level of enthusiasm and seriousness.
He congratulated and paid tribute to the candidates of the other political parties and promised to work with them as partners in progress.
“Let me pay particular tribute to General Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Ibrahim Shekarau, Malam Nuhu Ribadu and the other patriots and their running mates.
“They all did well and the nation expects their continued demonstration of leadership and commitment to our efforts at nation-building,’’ the president said.
Oshiomhole congratulates Jonathan
Benin – Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo has congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan on his victory at the April 16 presidential polls
“Your declaration as the winner is a reflection of your acceptance by a majority of Nigerians across the country, in a process that was globally and nationally acclaimed as free and fair,’’ the governor said.
In a statement, Oshiomhole however reminded Jonathan of the tasks before him.
“They are enormous, as Nigeria is a country with diverse nationalities,’’ he said.
The governor said the challenge before the President is to lead the country to overcome the hangover that usually characterise the electioneering campaigns.
“Beyond your electoral victory, you have great cause to be proud and to feel accomplished because of the impressive integrity of the electoral process that produced this victory,’’ he added.
The governor then assured Jonathan of his personal loyalty and the support of Edo people.(NAN)
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