As Nigerians are keeping wake overnight since Tuesday for the final declaration of the winner of the 2015 Nigeria presidential election, the National Secretary of the Labour Party,Barr. Olukayode Ajulo has congratulated General (rtd) Muhammad Buhari for winning the Presidential Poll.
The Labour Party scribe, in an official statement joined the league of elder statesmen, politicians and international figures who have been praising President Goodluck Jonathan and then congratulating Nigerians for having shown their commitment and obligations under a freely but keenly contested presidential election.
Barrister Ajulo described the result of the Presidential election exercise as win-win for all Nigerians.
The statement reads as follows:
I, Olukayode A. Ajulo, heartily congratulate the clear winner of the 2015 Presidential Election, General Muhammadu Buhari and his party, APC.
I also seize this opportunity to congratulate President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for forthrightness, his commitment to the advancement of Nigerian democracy, selflessness and resilience in the face of all odds.
The loser in this election is not Dr. Jonathan; it is the people that have been cheated, particularly those that were denied the opportunity to vote due to some ineffective smart card readers.
The battle has been lost and won, but this does not preclude a thorough and sincere appreciation of the events that transpired before during and after the election.
These events, I make bold to say, are further vindication of my earlier positions on the political situation and the electioneering process in general.
The just concluded presidential election is one that was fraught with many pitfalls.
We have never before had a perfect election in Nigeria and we have never harbored any illusion of perfection.
But in this particular case the irregularities are just too overwhelming and daunting.
The use of card readers for which had not been test run in small scale elections in the past and later resort to manual accreditation allowed for manipulations.
Nevertheless, I plead for peace in Nigeria and I urge our leaders to pursue justice for all in moving our nation forward.
The President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR also needs to demonstrate statesmanship by appealing to his supporters and kinsmen to remain calm.
The beauty of democracy is the campaign, election and declaration.
In addition, may I with every sense of responsibility and respect nominate President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for a Nobel peace Award for his indelible conduct, prior to, during and after the election. Irrespective of where his act or omission is viewed this man has saved lives of many Nigerians and non-Nigerians from probable violence that is to take place after the election.
For to be a loser, there must be a winner and for a winner to emerge there must be a loser. It is complimentary of each - ceteris pari bus.
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