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Jonathan a true statesman, hero — Uduaghan

Posted: Apr 1, 2015 at 5:50 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Gov Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta on Wednesday described President Goodluck Jonathan as a hero, true statesman and patriot for conceding defeat in the March 28 Presidential election.

Uduaghan, who addressed members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Asaba, said by such courage and personally calling the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) to congratulate him, Jonathan exhibited an uncanny patriotism and statesmanship.

“For me, the hero of this election is Mr President.

“If he did not do what he did; if he did not call Gen. Buhari, the story would have been different.

“We congratulate the president for being a statesman, for being a worthy example, for being patriotic and showing that personal interests should not override national interes.”

Uduaghan noted that Jonathan’s congratulatory message to Buhari saved the country from post-election chaos.

He also said that the emergence of  Buhari as the President-elect, signified the enthronement of true democratic culture in Nigeria by Jonathan.

“The president showed an exemplary character; he waited patiently to be accredited and asked Nigerians to be patient despite the challenges of the elections and personal embarrassment to his person and office.

“And for us in Delta State, we congratulate President Jonathan for giving us a democratic process that allows for free and fair elections.”

He also congratulated Buhari on his election.

Uduaghan said that the meeting was convened to thank members of the PDP for their impressive showing during the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

“I believe we had the strongest showing in the country and it happened because we were united.

“We worked hard and we worked together; I want to thank you sincerely and I want to commend the PDP for putting up a democratic process that gives power to the people.

“My appeal is that as we did it on March 28 and March 29, we should also do the same on the 11th of April, for all our candidates so that we can come tops at the end of the day,” Uduaghan said.

On his part, Sen Ifeanyi Okowa, the PDP Governorship candidate in the state, lauded the governor’s leadership qualities that led to the success the party recorded at the polls in the state.

He said the party won the three Senatorial seats, nine seats of the House of Representatives and also recorded victory in all the local government areas during the Presidential elections.

He expressed confidence that the party would also emerge victorious in the governorship and House of Assembly elections in April.

He thanked leaders of the party for their commitment toward delivering votes for PDP.

Uduaghan further urged the people of the state not to waver in their commitment towards working for the victory of the party in the April 11 elections.