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Sultan, Wamakko, others congratulate Buhari

Posted: Apr 2, 2015 at 4:00 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has congratultaed the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, and commended President Goodluck Jonathan for gallantly accepting defeat.

He said these in Sokoto on Wednesday while reacting to the victory of Buhari and the acceptance of defeat by Jonathan in the March 28 presidential election.

He added that “the reaction of President Goodluck Jonathan to the result of the March 28 presidential election is highly commendable. He preached peace and promised to accept the result in good faith and he has demonstrated it.

“The gesture of the President will further consolidate democracy in the country.’’

Abubakar said Nigeria had now come of age in democracy, noting, however, that a lot more needed to be done.

The Sultan also expressed happiness with the peaceful and orderly conduct of the polls across the nation.

He said “the voters, security agencies and the electoral officials all exhibited high sense of decorum  during the elections.

“It was the freest and most peaceful elections in Nigeria’s recent history.’’

Also, Governor Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State in his reaction, also congratulated Buhari for the victory at the polls, saying it was victory for Nigeria’s democracy.

Wamakko’s reaction is contained in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Malam Sani Umar, made available to newsmen in Sokoto on Wednesday.

The governor appealed to supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) across the country to cautiously celebrate the victory.

He advised that “while celebrating, nobody should breach the peace of the nation, as all Nigerians are winners.

“President Goodluck Jonathan also deserves commendation for accepting the result of the election in good faith.’’

A chieftain  of the APC in the state, Alhaji Aminu Tafida, also lauded the efforts of  the Nigerian electorate for voting according to their conscience.

Tafida told NAN in Sokoto on Wednesday that “the outcome of the presidential election reflects the wishes of Nigerians.

“The mature political action demonstrated by the electorate showed that democracy has come to stay in Nigeria.’’

He applauded the electorate for ensuring that their votes were counted correctly, which made it possible for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct free, fair and transparent elections.

Tafida advised the President-elect to set in motion plausible methods to meet the expectations of Nigerians.

He added that “the expectations of Nigerians are very high in all aspects of socio-economic lives. Corruption and power supply should be given top priority to enable the common people to feel the impact of democracy.

“I am very optimistic that Buhari will move the country forward through fighting the menace of corruption, for the good of our country.’’

Meanwhile, commercial activities were gradually returning to Sokoto, with banks, shops, markets and other public offices opened on Wednesday.

A NAN correspondents who went round the metropolis observed that most areas remained  peaceful, with the military, police and other security agencies patrolling.