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Tinubu woos Atiku, Obi as parties reject result



 The President elect Bola Tinubu has extended an olive branch to his opponents Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party and his Labour Party counterpart Peter Obi after the contentious presidential election in which he was declared the winner on Wednesday Tinubu said political competition must now give way to conciliation and inclusive governance The Independent National Electoral Commission declared the former senator the winner of the election after he polled 8 794 726 votes The INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu announced Tinubu as the winner at the International Collation Centre in Abuja during the early hours of Wednesday But the PDP LP and the New Nigeria Peoples Party agents walked out of the hall and refused to sign the election results sheet of the presidential election They rejected the declaration of Tinubu as president elect after accusing the INEC of compromise insisting that the election should be cancelled and a fresh poll conducted The commission later presented the certificates of return to Tinubu and the vice president elect Kashim Shettima around 4pm Tinubu together with Shettima is expected to be sworn in as the President and Vice President of Nigeria on May 29 2023 In his acceptance speech Tinubu expressed gratitude to Nigerians and assured them that he would be the chief servant and serve Nigeria with all he has got I will serve you be your servant and not your leader I will work with you and make Nigeria a great country Tinubu said at the APC Presidential Campaign Council headquarters in Abuja shortly after he was declared the winner of the presidential poll At the event were the vice president elect APC National Chairman Abdullahi Adamu and APC governors among others He lauded his fellow candidates for the contest and requested them to work with him for the good of the country noting that they might have been his opponents in the election but they were never his enemies Tinubu stated Finally I thank the Nigerian people for their abiding belief in our democracy I shall be a fair leader to all Nigerians I will be in tune with your aspirations charge up your energies and harness your talents to deliver a nation that we can be proud of To my fellow candidates former Vice President Atiku former governor Kwankwaso former governor Obi and all others I extend the hand of friendship This was a competitive high spirited campaign You have my utmost respect Let s collaborate and work together I promise to work with you Political competition must now give way to political conciliation and inclusive governance Speaking further Tinubu observed that some of the candidates might find it hard to accept the election results Conceding that it is their right to seek legal recourse the President elect stated What is neither right nor defensible is for anybody to resort to violence Any challenge to the electoral outcome should be made in a court of law and not in the streets I also ask my supporters to let peace reign and tensions fade We ran a principled peaceful and progressive campaign The aftermath of our campaign must be as benign The former Lagos State governor commended Nigerians particularly those who voted for the opposition parties saying their move helped in deepening democracy in the country Reaching out to the youths he said Now to you the young people of this country I hear you loud and clear I understand your pains and your yearnings for good governance a functional economy and a safe nation that protects you and your future Tinubu said he and Shettima understood the challenges ahead and were ready to undertake the difficult tasks that would put the nation on the path of progress Hold us firmly to account but please give us a chance first Together we shall build a brighter and more productive society for today tomorrow and for years to come he pledged He further said Whether you are Batified Atikulated Obidient Kwankwasiyya or have any other political affiliation you voted for a better more hopeful nation and I thank you for your participation and dedication to our democracy You decided to place your trust in the democratic vision of a Nigeria founded on shared prosperity and one nurtured by the ideals of unity justice peace and tolerance Renewed hope has dawned in Nigeria He commended INEC for running a free and fair election and argued that the lapses that did occur were relatively few in number and were immaterial to the final outcome Speaking after receiving his certificate of return Tinubu promised to work relentlessly for the betterment of the country noting however that this cannot be achieved alone He urged Nigerians irrespective of political parties to come together to develop the nation In his speech titled To serve the people Tinubu assured Nigerians especially youths that he would work day and night to improve the country The President elect said To you the people especially the youths I will work day and night I will work to the utmost of my ability to make Nigeria better For this to be a victory at all it cannot simply be a victory for one man or even one party It must become a victory for all Nigerians who are committed to a greater society The President elect visited Buhari in Daura Katsina State where he again urged the main opposition parties to stomach their defeat at the February 25 Presidential election He said as democrats the parties must set their grievances aside and focus on building the nation No matter how provocative a defeat is we still have to tolerate it because we are democrats and we are trying to build a nation Mr Tinubu said when he visited the President Major General Muhammadu Buhari retd at his private residence in Daura Katsina State late Wednesday However Tinubu who was in Daura to present his certificate of return to his soon to be predecessor urged the parties to focus on building the nation I came to present the certificate of return to him Buhari as the party leader and commend his efforts in supporting democracy in Africa This is the largest democracy in Africa and he couldn t have done any better We are lucky there is no incident there is no accident and no matter how provocative a defeat is we still have to tolerate it because we are democrats and we are trying to build a nation he said He described Buhari as a loyal party leader who is willing and committed to transferring power peacefully Tinubu said Well the calmness and commitment and the fact that after voting he taught us again dedication to our party by displaying his ballot papers loyalty to the party and being ready to create a future for all of us And no matter how tempting the problem of democracy is he is following the process building a successor and ready to hand over peacefully you know in Africa it s a big deal you know The former Lagos State governor also said he had received countless congratulatory messages from world leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron He also noted that the stock market was reacting positively to his victory Oh I have received very many many of that In fact as far as Europe the stock market reacted positively well there was a goodwill message from Macron the President of France Tinubu said But smarting from the loss the vice presidential candidate of the Labour Party Datti Baba Ahmed vowed that the LP would contest the outcome of the polls that produced the president elect He made the pledge at a press conference held at the party s national headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday Baba Ahmed stated that LP was determined to fight the injustice that dashed the hope of distraught Nigerians through all legal and peaceful means This is as the LP presidential campaign council claimed that the manner the electoral commission hurriedly announced the results and gave out certificates of return to both Tinubu and Shettima reeks of collusion Addressing journalists he decried that the election did not meet the minimum standard as prescribed by INEC guidelines and the Electoral Act 2022 He said It is our position that the purported result did not meet the minimum criteria of a transparent free and fair election In addition to the most condemnable attacks violence voter intimidation and suppression the election was conducted in clear violation of agreed and promised INEC rules and guidelines the Electoral Act 2002 as amended and indeed the Nigerian Constitution As evident the institutions of the state and leaders that were supposed to ensure the sanctity of the election again and as in the past collaborated and colluded to subvert the will of the good people of Nigeria Please be assured of our determination to fight the injustice that has been perpetrated on Nigerians through all legal and peaceful means While painful we implore you to please remain peaceful and calm As our fight and determination for a New Nigeria are just beginning we equally encourage you all to continue with the campaigns and vote massively for Labour Party in the forthcoming governorship and state house of Assembly election on Saturday 11th March 2023 Our Principal His Excellency Mr Peter Obi will in due course speak to you all and indeed the nation On Tinubu s call for a unity government Tanko said that the party was not interested in his offer He added We said that we are going to court We are not interested in discussing anything on the government of national unity What we have so far resolved is to head to the court for redress Also the PDP presidential campaign council vowed to walk the whole distance to retrieve what it called the stolen mandate of its candidate Atiku A spokesman for the PDP PCC Senator Dino Melaye while appealing to Atiku s supporters to remain calm said This is a clarion call on all Atiku s supporters all over the world not to be perturbed Weeping may tarry till night but joy cometh in the morning This grave injustice shall not stand The battle to retrieve our stolen mandate is a battle of no retreat no surrender We shall overcome Reacting to Tinubu s victory in a statement by his spokesman Garba Shehu on Wednesday Buhari declared that he is the best man for the job promising to work with him and his team to ensure an orderly handover of power He stated The election was Africa s largest democratic exercise In a region that has undergone backsliding and military coups in recent years this election demonstrates democracy s continued relevance and capability to deliver for the people it serves Within Nigeria the results reveal democracy s ripening in our country Never has the electoral map shifted so drastically in one cycle In the presidential elections states in all regions across the nation changed colour Some of you may have noticed my home state among them The winning candidate did not carry his own home state either That happens during a competitive election Votes and those that cast them cannot be taken for granted Each must be earned Competition is good for our democracy There is no doubt that people s decision has been rendered in the results we look at today Noting that some parties and candidates may not agree with his view the President urged anyone who disagreed with the results to go to court He added If any candidate believes they can prove the fraud they claim is committed against them then bring forward the evidence If they cannot then we must conclude that the election was indeed the people s will no matter how hard that may be for the losers to accept If they feel the need to challenge please take it to the courts not to the streets However to do the latter means they are not doing it in the interest of the people but rather to inflame to put people in harm s way and all for personal selfish gains After a degree of polarization that necessarily accompanies any election it is now time to come together and act responsibly I call on all candidates to remember the peace pledge they signed just days before the election Do not undermine the credibility of INEC Let us now move forward as one The people have spoken In a communique the Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government General Umaru Embal said We the entire ECOWAS leadership wish to convey our heartfelt congratulations to His Excellency Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his election as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria His Excellency General Embal appeals to all the stakeholders to promote peace and to use constitutional means to address any grievances they may have Also the Federal Executive Council has congratulated Tinubu and Shettima on their victory at the February 25 election The council described Tinubu as a committed technocrat and party man who would move the country forward The Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha in a statement said on behalf of the Federal Executive Council I congratulate the President elect Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Vice President elect Senator Kashim Shettima on their victory at the just concluded presidential election as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission He expressed hope that Tinubu would consolidate on the successes of Buhari s regime The SGF also urged Nigerians and aggrieved political parties to shun violence and rather employ legal means to seek redress as appropriate Mustapha who is also the Chairman of the Presidential Transition Council said he looks forward to working with the incoming administration and its team during the transition period In his goodwill message Governor Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna State described the APC candidate as a tribute to the resilience of the Nigerian people whose votes he said made it all possible In a congratulatory statement he personally signed on Wednesday the governor said the victory is a much deserved triumph reflecting the connection between dedicated effort and reward According to El Rufai Tinubu s success at the polls came amid the most onerous circumstances for the candidates of a ruling party adding that it underlines the scale of the hard work put in by the APC and its supporters The governor pointed out that the APC has a duty to repay this faith by providing purposeful governance that delivers progressive outcomes for all Nigerians I have no doubt that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu grasps the import of this victory and will move Nigeria forward with renewed hope He knows he has our staunch support in bringing Nigerians together and uniting the country in common endeavours for progress peace and prosperity he added The governor promised that Kaduna APC would build on this momentum to victory in the March 11 governorship and State House of Assembly elections The Senate President Ahmad Lawan and the Deputy Whip of the Senate Sabi Abdullahi have also joined other well wishers to felicitate with the President elect Lawan who spoke at the start of plenary on Wednesday prayed that the country would see more development and progress under Tinubu s leadership He also prayed that the 10th Senate would provide the kind of support that the President elect would need for the betterment of the country Your emergence speaks so much about the unwavering confidence reposed in you as leaders with the distinct ability to take Nigeria on the next phase of its national journey the Niger North senator and coordinator of Project 774 stated The Chairman of Senate Committee on Judiciary Human Rights and Legal Matters Senator Opeyemi Bamidele in a statement submitted that Tinubu s election would lead to a new Nigeria Members of the House of Representatives equally celebrated the victory of the APC candidate Deputy Speaker of the House Ahmed Wase who presided over the day s plenary hailed Nigerians at the close of the session Wase said Respected colleagues I want to appreciate every Nigerian who is truly for democracy and who is supporting democracy for their calmness a show of love and to congratulate our brother Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for winning the presidential election But the lawmakers interrupted Wase s speech with a round of applause and the leader of the South West Caucus Olufemi Fayeye signalled to members on the floor of the House to give the APC candidate a standing ovation The Deputy Speaker in reaction to some members of the House noted that the lawmakers were the true representatives of Nigerians and I believe as democrats we are happy with the turn of events A former Governor of Ekiti State and immediate past chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum Dr Kayode Fayemi also congratulated the President elect while advocating a government of national unity Fayemi in a statement by his media aide Mallam Ahmad Sajoh observed that the President elect had over the years mentored a vast number of Nigeria s political leadership and worked hard to develop and sustain progressive ideology in Nigeria Credit https punchng com tinubu woos atiku obi as parties reject result
Tinubu woos Atiku, Obi as parties reject result