President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday has called on his opponents in the 2019 presidential election to accept the result.
Mr. Buhari stated this shortly after receiving his certificate of return from the INEC chairman, saying “Election is not war, and should never be seen as a do or die affair,”
The Independent National Electoral Commission declared Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the 2019 presidential election, having polled 15,191,847 while his arch rival, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored 11,262,978.
Mr. Abubakar and his party had however rejected the result of the election, and are heading to court for legal redress
Buhari congratulated all the presidential candidates and their teams on a hard-fought campaign, and urged them to see the outcome of the exercise as a victory for Nigeria
“That was why I encouraged my teeming supporters, in a speech I read earlier today, not to gloat. Our God-given victory is enough cause for joy, without deriding those who were in the opposition. All Nigerians, going forward, must stand in brotherhood, for a bright and fulfilling future” he said.
“I, therefore, want to assure that we will continue to engage all parties that have the best interest of Nigerians at heart,” he said.
Mr. Buhari promised that his government will remain inclusive and that all doors will remain open.
According to him, that “is the way to build the country of our dream; safe, secure, prosperous, and free of impunity and primitive accumulation by those entrusted with public offices”.
“We may have had different views during the campaign, but the one thing most of us have in common is love of our country and our desire to improve conditions for Nigerians”.
The president-elect said that he had no other motive than to give his best in serving Nigeria.
“We will roll up our sleeves afresh, and give it our all. We have no other motive than to serve Nigeria with our hearts and might, and build a nation which we and generations to come can be proud of,” he said.
He therefore appreciated those who voted for him and thanked those who contributed to the running of his successful campaign.
“I can assure that you will see a country moving to the Next Level, as we consolidate on our fundamental areas of securing the country, reviving the economy, and fighting corruption.
“Many other focal areas, as stated in our campaign manual, will be added, to the good things we plan for our country,” he said. Mr. Buhari remembered who lost their lives during the election and prayed that God should comfort their families and give them the fortitude to bear the loss.