The National Coordinator of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Gani Adams on Wednesday sent a congratulatory message to President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari.
According to statement made available to Premium Times, Gani Adams described the president-elect’s victory as a product of consistent resilience and tenacity.
He said that, “I wish to send my congratulations to the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, on his success in the recently-concluded presidential election. By his resounding success in the election across the country, General Buhari has proved that he is the choice of the people,” Mr. Adams stated.
“I commend his resilience and tenacity over the years which have seen him equal the record of great leaders like Abraham Lincoln of the USA. His victory is a lesson to all of us that we can be what we want to be if we are patient and persistent in our legitimate pursuits in life”.
“His speeches before, during and after the election are also commendable because they went a long way in dousing the tension in the country.
This actually shows that the ‘Peoples General’ as he is fondly called is indeed a statesman’.
The Congress leader urged Muhammadu Buhari to see himself as the president-elect of all Nigerians and not just that of his party All Progressives Congress.
In his word, he said that “However, having won the election, I want the president-elect to begin to see himself as the president-elect of all Nigerians and not just that of the All Progressives Congress (APC). For him, it is time to mend whatever differences that may have arisen as a result of the election.
“It is time for all Nigerians, irrespective of political affiliation, to come together to continue to build our nation in a positive way, which of course, should be the focus of the president-elect himself and every other political leader across the various political parties in the country”, Mr. Adams said.
“And for all of us, it is a new dawn in the annals of the country for an opposition party to win in a popular election.
In addition, Gani Adams congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan for the high spirit of sportsmanship especially when he congratulated the president-elect even before all the results were released.
He said that, “By his action, President Jonathan has truly lived up to his statement that his ambition is not worth the life of any Nigerian. This is an exemplary feat, which any other presidents coming after him must not fall short of achieving.
“And to all Nigerians, who by their participation in the election also deserve kudos as they defied the weather, distance and other hurdles to cast their votes. Their actions have revealed that democracy in the country has come to stay”.
He finally said “I urge them not to rest on their oars as their consistency in holding leaders accountable to their promises will go a long way in bringing out the best from the public office holders.