Abubakar commends Jonathan’s ‘statesmanship’

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Former Head of State and Chairman of National Peace Committee on 2015, Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar, has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for conceding victory in the presidential polls.
In a chat with reporters after leading the National Peace Committee to meet with President Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Abubakar said:
“At this moment we thank Nigerians and the international community who came to support us during the elections. The elections have been very peaceful despite the hitches here and there.
“We were at the middle of a meeting with the international observers to try to see how we can still water down the tension, when gladly I called Gen. Buhari that we are going to see him, and he told me that Mr President had called him at about 5:15 p.m. to congratulate him and concede defeat.
“We were spell-bound and the reason we have come here is to thank President Jonathan for this statesmanship. In the history of Nigeria I think this is the first time a (presidential) contestant has called his rival to congratulate him and, through this, President Jonathan has maintained a point that the blood of Nigerians is more worthy than his presidency and by his action he has proved that.
“On behalf of Nigerians I want to thank President Jonathan for being the statesman that he is. He has approved that he is a statesman and he has the love of this country in his heart.
“For any Nigerian who is aggrieved, the electoral law has procedures for seeking re-address, so if anybody has any grievance, he should apply through the law. I appeal again to our youth, to everybody, to please give peace a chance. The chief contestant himself has accepted, so nobody should go and raise any eyebrow and cause any destabilisation of this country.”

Atiku Lauds President, Buhari

Also, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, in a congratulatory message to both President Jonathan and Gen. Buhari on Wednesday said he hoped all hands would be on deck to build a new Nigeria.
Atiku said: “To President Jonathan, I want to specially thank you for conducting a historic election. Your party may have lost the election, but you have won the admiration of the world by not interfering with the wishes of Nigerians. History will be kind to you.
“Dear GMB (Gen Muhammadu Buhari), the journey has just begun. Millions of Nigerians have put their trust in you, because they were not satisfied with the status quo. You represent the hope of a new generation of Nigerians, and you cannot afford to fail them. Our party has made a promise of change to our young people, to secure and rebuild our country, create jobs and opportunity, and improve citizens’ welfare. We will stand behind you to ensure we keep those promises, just like we did during these elections.”

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