- President Jonathan congratulated Buhari before he was declared winner
- He said the result is a sign of his commitment to delivering a free and fair election
- Asks Nigerians to ensure that the legacy endures
- Says anyone with mixed feelings about the results should follow due process in addressing their grievances
President Jonathan on Tuesday called General Buhari before the result for the last state was announced, conceding defeat in the Presidential election.
In a statement after the electoral body announced the emergence of General Buhari as the winner, President Jonathan issued a statement, commending Nigerians for their support.
“I thank you all for turning out en-masse for the March 28 General Elections.
“I promised the country free and fair elections. I have kept my word. I have also expanded the space for Nigerians to participate in the democratic process. That is one legacy I will like to see endure.
“Although some people have expressed mixed feelings about the results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), I urge those who may feel aggrieved to follow due process based on our constitution and our electoral laws, in seeking redress.
“As I have always affirmed, nobody’s ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian. The unity, stability and progress of our dear country is more important than anything else,” the statement read. [Read full statement]
President Jonathan congratulated all Nigerians for successfully going through the process of the March 28 Presidential and National Assembly Elections with the commendable enthusiasm and commitment that was demonstrated nationwide.
He also commended the Security Services for their role in ensuring that the elections were mostly peaceful and violence-free.
“To my colleagues in the PDP, I thank you for your support. Today, the PDP should be celebrating rather than mourning. We have established a legacy of democratic freedom, transparency, economic growth and free and fair elections.
“For the past 16 years, we have steered the country away from ethnic and regional politics. We created a Pan-Nigerian political party and brought home to our people the realities of economic development and social transformation.
“Through patriotism and diligence, we have built the biggest and most patriotic party in Nigerian history. We must stand together as a party and look to the future with renewed optimism,” President Jonathan said.