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Mark congratulates Buhari

Posted: Apr 2, 2015 at 10:45 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Ignatius Okorocha  / Special Correspondent, Abuja


President of the Senate, Senator David Mark  has congratulated the President –elect, General Muhammadu Buhari for his victory at the polls describing it as a reflection of the wishes of majority of Nigerians.

Reacting to Buhari’s election in a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President of the Senate on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan on Wednesday, Mark commended the political resilience of Buhari, noting that Nigerians have rewarded his efforts with this victory at the polls.

He urged the President- elect to be magnanimous in victory and govern Nigeria equitably and fairly irrespective of party affiliation or creed.

The President of the Senate also commended the sportsmanship of President Goodluck Jonathan describing him as a worthy statesman.

“President Jonathan has assumed a clear leadership in the comity of African nations where Heads of Government  are perceived to be sit-tight leaders.

“He ( President Jonathan) has set a classic acceptance of the aphorism that power belongs to God and He grants whoever He pleases. For this, history will be kind to him,” Senator Mark further said.

He also urged Nigerians to remain calm and peaceful during this process of transition stressing that “ this election has further demonstrated that democracy has come to stay in our country”.

Meanwhile in a letter of appreciation to President Jonathan, Presidential candidate and Chairman of the United Progressive Party (UPP) Chief Chekwas Okorie has expressed his sincere appreciation for his unparralled  commitment to the development and deepening of democracy in Nigeria.

“You began to prove your mission in this direction from the commencement of your administration. We watched with admiration your single-mindedness in resisting all temptations to negatively interfere with the democratic process.

Under your Presidency, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) enjoyed an unfettered independence and allocation of funds which enabled the Commission to attain its present standard of delivering fairly credible elections comparable to no other in the recent history of the electoral body.

History will be kind to you for this legacy that has saved Nigeria from a major cataclysm had an inordinately demagogue been in your position,” Okorie said.

He further added,”Your prompt acceptance of the outcome of the 2015 Presidential Election set the stage for a peaceful post-election Nigeria in a manner and style that were unprecedented in statesmanship, maturity, nobility and grace.

“The late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe was the doyen and father of Nigeria nationalism. You have emerged at this time as the father of Nigeria’s modern nationalism. As you wind down your administration for a peaceful hand-over to your successor on May 29, 2015, we wish you God’s abundant guidance and mercy. “