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Jonathan proved election is not ‘do-or-die affair’ –TUC

Posted: Apr 2, 2015 at 1:25 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Innocent Oweh /  Correspondent, Abuja


Satisfied that President Goodluck Jonathan quickly conceded defeat to Gen Muhammadu Buhari, over the outcome of the Presidential election,the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has described the latter’s action as clearly shown that election was not a do-or-die affair.

Bobboi Bala Kaigama,President of TUC in a congratulatory message to the President elect on Wednesday in Abuja,said TUC views General Buhari’s resolve to contest the 2015 general elections as a mark of his belief in the project Nigeria, and his unflinching desire to contribute his quota in ensuring that he continues with the good work of his predecessor and to even surpass it.

Kaigama said “We particularly applaud the president-elect for his doggedness and refusal to quit despite the defeat he suffered in the last three elections, we also commend His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, whom we learnt has congratulated his opponent. What President Jonathan did is a proof that election is indeed not a do-or-die affair”.

TUC urged the president-elect to work at keeping his campaign promises to Nigerians which were some of the basis upon which he was voted for.

He noted that Buhari must realise that irrespective of the number of votes he got from individual states, there is no part of the country where he was not voted for.

“By implication it means that he is the president of Nigeria and father to all. Muslims, Christians, pegans, voted for him because they believe in him. As such, we don’t wish to see the issue of religion, tribalism, nepotism, which have always been the bane of Nigeria’s development rear their ugly heads in the next dispensation.

“Suffice to say that the president-elect is already abreast of the country’s challenges, which ranges from electricity, unemployment, insecurity, corruption, poor health facility, incessant strikes, poor infrastructure,as a man who has always been popular among the poor of the north (known as the “talakawa” in the north’s Hausa language), we want him to know that his responsibility is now broader, as it now involves the poor of the whole country.

“His rare reputation for honesty among Nigeria’s politicians, both military and civilian, is what the country needs now to regain our lost glory as a nation. We look forward to seeing an end to lateness to work again,  end to corruption and sanity in the system!,”TUC noted.