Some Civil Society activists have called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to correct the lapses associated with the use of card reader machines before the governorship and states’ House of Assembly elections.
The society called a post-election news conference in Abuja, having observed the advantages and challenges posed by the card reader machines during the presidential elections.
They told journalists that the use of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and the card reader machines would need to be implemented more effectively to ensure credible state level elections on April 11.
The group also urged the electoral body to probe reports of irregularities in some states to prevent a re-occurrence of the 2011 violence.
The activists, however, commended INEC for its transparency and President Goodluck Jonathan for his statesmanship after the results were announced.
INEC declared the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, winner of the Saturday, March 28 polls.
Governorship and House of Assembly elections are scheduled to hold on April 11 and Nigerians hope that the elections would also be peaceful and adjudged credible like the just concluded presidential elections.
Former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has written his first letter to the President-elect, asking him to be above board, and ensure that he carries out his promises to the people of Nigeria.
Obasanjo says General Buhari’s success and victory after three previous attempts must be great object lessons for all politicians, particularly in Nigeria.
Find below the five paragraph letter signed by Obasanjo.
The Governor of Imo State and the Chairman of APC Governors’ Forum has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for displaying high level of political maturity by conceding defeat and calling to congratulate General Muhammadu Buhari, the APC presidential candidate and winner of Nigeria’s 2015 presidential election.
Governor Rochas Okorocha, in a statement signed by his Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemoudo, said that President Jonathan has no doubt made history by being the first sitting Nigerian President who not only conceded victory to his major opponent, but openly congratulated him without betraying any emotions.
He urged the President to be mindful of the antics of some of his political associates who might want to coerce him into taking any action that would diminish all the goodwill he has gained in the eyes of Nigerians and the international community.
The Governor, however, called on all Nigerians to continue to pray for President Jonathan for God’s guidance in his personal life and future endeavours.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, winner of Nigeria’s presidential election, defeating the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan.
The announcement was made by the Chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, after the completion of the collation and announcement of results from across Nigeria, which started at the collation centre in Abuja, the nation’s capital, on Monday and ended in the early hours of Wednesday, April 1.
After the announcement of votes received by all 14 candidates, the INEC Chairman received the results from the 36 states plus the FCT and proceeded with computation and tallying.
General Muhammadu Buhari of the APC polled a total of 15,424,921 votes to defeat all other candidates, with Dr Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP polling a total of 12,853,162 votes to place second.
Professor Jega went on to declare the APC presidential candidate as the winner of the presidential election and was returned elected “having satisfied the requirements of the law and scoring the highest numbers of votes”.
Muhammadu Buhari, born December 17, 1942, is a retired Major-General of the Nigerian Army. He was Head of State of Nigeria from December 31, 1983 to August 27, 1985, after taking power in a military coup d’état.
He had contested unsuccessfully for the office of President in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 elections.
In December 2014, he emerged as the Presidential Candidate of the APC, for the 2015 elections.
A native of Daura in Katsina State, north west Nigeria, Gen. Buhari is of the Fulani ethnic background. He is a Muslim of the Sunni Islam.
A frenzy of celebrations took over the city of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital following the results of Saturday’s presidential elections.
The entire Sabo community was alive with celebrations of all sorts.
Residents were seen singing and dancing as they walked round adjoining areas of Sabo and Mokola.
In an apparent joyous mood, the crowd which started from the Hausa community in Sabo carried some campaign posters of Buhari and Oshinbajo, dancing and singing for all to see.
Meanwhile, human rights activist and the President of Voters’ Assembly, Moshood Erubami, in his reaction says the election result was a clear representation of the peoples’ will.
The celebration started hours before the official completion of the collation of results from all states of the federation, although General Buhari was already in a clear lead.
In the early hours of Wednesday, April 1, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate winner of the presidential election, defeating the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan.
Former Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has congratulated the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, General Mohammadu Buhari, over the party’s victory in the just concluded presidential election, saying the victory signposts a new beginning for Nigeria and Nigerians.
“History has just been made in our dear country”, declared Fayemi, who hailed Buhari’s victory over the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan as a victory for democracy and the Nigerian citizenry.
Fayemi, in the statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olayinka Oyebode, said that going by the outcome of the election, Nigerians have demonstrated to the entire world their ability and readiness to tow the path of greatness and oneness.
“Nigerians have spoken. They have spoken clearly through their votes. They want a new direction and a new approach to governance and the APC government under the able leadership of General Muhammadu Buhari owes them this and more”, said Fayemi.
Saying that a successful election is a sine qua non to an enduring democracy and sustainable development, Fayemi said that the emergence of the opposition party after 16 years rule by the Peoples’ Democratic Party marks a significant change in the annals of the country’s political history.
He added that the APC, through the victory, is now saddled with the responsibility of making a meaningful change in the lives of the people as promised during the electioneering.
Fayemi, who chaired the APC national convention that produced General Buhari as the party’s candidate, said Nigerians are the actual winners in the keenly contested election, having demonstrated rare courage and determination to effect the change they desired.
“This is a defining moment in our nation’s search for development. I congratulate the President-elect, General Buhari and his vice, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and also appreciate President Goodluck Jonathan for the exemplary way he conceded defeat and congratulated the winner.
“Kudos to the leadership of INEC. Above all, it is victory for democracy, it is victory for Nigeria and Nigerians and things can only get better for the country”, the statement added.
Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has congratulated the President-elect, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari over his election in Nigeria’s 2015 presidential election.
Obasanjo, in a letter to the President-elect said his success and victory “after three previous unsuccessful attempts must be great object lessons for you and for all politicians, particularly in Nigeria.
“For me, the totality of 2015 elections hold many lessons for our democracy and democratisation process which are both maturing.”
The former President, who himself had been democratically elected twice noted further that, “On this occasion, the system has been unnecessarily overheated before and particularly during the campaigns when emphasis was more on trivialities and hate, divisive, undignifying and disrespectful statements and comments rather than on pressing issues requiring attention.”
He pointed out the President-elect in victory, “will be magnanimous to start binding the wounds and bitterness occasioned by the campaign and the evil disciples.
“With so much harm already done to many national institutions including the military, which proudly nurtured you and me, you will have a lot to do on institution reform, education, healthcare, economy, security, infrastructure, power, youth employment, agribusiness, oil and gas, external affairs, cohesiveness of our nation and ridding our land of corruption.
“Your varied and wide experience will undoubtedly stand you in good stead.
“I am also sure that there are men and women of goodwill, character and virtue across the board that you can mobilise to join hands with you in the reform, repairs and re-direction that will be imperative to put Nigeria back on the fast lane of good governance, unity, cohesiveness, development and progress.
“Once again, I felicitate with you and wish you well,” Obasanjo stated.
No of Accredited voters: 31,746,490 Total valid votes: 28,587,564 Rejected votes: 844,519 Total Votes Cast: 29,432,083
Wednesday, April 1, 2015: 02:47am: The INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, resumes to announce the winner of Nigeria’s presidential election, held on Saturday, March 28, 2015
Tuesday, March 31, 2015: 10:00pm: Celebrations which had started before the announcement of the Borno results spread further across different parts of Nigeria in anticipation of an official declaration of the APC presidential candidate as winner
Tuesday, March 31, 2015: 09:57pm: The results of the presidential election from Borno State is formally presented to the INEC Chairman and this concludes the presentation of results from all 36 states and the FCT by the Returning Officers.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015: 11:29am: A supporter of PDP alleges bias on the part of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega during the conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly elections insisting that “Jega is selective” in responding to issues raised by political parties.
Monday, March 30, 2015: 11:17pm: The INEC Chairman brings the collation and announcement of results for the day to a close. The exercise resumes 10AM local time on Tuesday.
INEC RECs Continue Announcement of Results from States:
Monday, March 30, 2015: 08:48pm:The INEC Chairman has been notified that the correct number of votes scored by APC in Enugu State is 22,690. The REC says there was an error in the addition of votes for the APC in Enugu State.
Monday, March 30, 2015: 04:16pm:INEC concludes first set of results announcement. To Continue by 08:00pm.
Ekiti Result: Total votes cast 309,445. Rejected Votes: 8,759. RESULTS: AAA 94 ACPN 538, AD 854, ADC 424 APA 482, APC 120,331 CPP 330, HDP 94, KOWA 108, PDP 176,466, PPN 388, UPP 145.
Yobe – Monday, March 30, 2015: 01:21PM: The Resident Electoral Commission (REC) in Yobe state Mr Habu Zarma on Monday said election in 18 polling units in Geidam Local Government could not be held due to security reasons.
Akwa Ibom – Monday, March 30, 2015: 12:05:The All Progressives Congress takes protest to INEC office in Akwa Ibom to raise concerns with the electoral process, which they claim was flawed.
Monday, March 30, 2015: 10:00:Protesting women and supporters of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State dispersed by the Police with tear gas. The women are calling for the cancellation of the result.
Ogun – Monday, March 30, 2015: 09:45: The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, General Mohammadu Buhari, has been declared winner in 13 local government areas of Ogun State while the Peoples Democratic Party won in 7 local governments areas.
According to the result announced by the presidential election collation officer for Ogun State, Professor Duro Oni, the APC scored 308,290 votes to defeat the PDP which polled 207,950 votes
Kwara – Monday, March 30, 2015: 09:00 Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki of the All Progressives Congress (APC), declared winner of the Kwara Central Senatorial seat in 2015 senatorial election.
Saraki emerged winner with 118,879 votes, defeating his closest opponent from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Abdulrasak Abdulrahman, who polled 66,864.
Out of the 461,000 votes for the presidential election, the APC won with 302,000 and the Peoples Democratic Party scored 132,000 votes.
Monday, March 30, 2015: 00:21am: APC Governorship Candidate in Rivers State, Dakuku Peterside, says his party is in possession of a video evidence of rigging in Rivers State. He said that some persons who were supposed to be electoral personnel were caught on camera thumbprinting for the PDP. He promised to make the video available to Channels Television after it must have been presented to INEC.
Sunday, March 29, 2015: 11:48pm: PDP Governorship Candidate in Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, debunks allegations that there were no elections in Rivers State. He speaks live on Channels Television.
Sunday, March 29, 2015: 11:29pm: An international observer monitoring the Nigerian presidential and National Assembly elections in Rivers State,Jennifer Lynne, confirms that the exercise in the state experienced violence, intimidation of voters and observers, as well as tampering with election materials.
Sunday, March 29, 2015: 10:45pm: INEC announces results of presidential polls in all 30 Local Government Areas in Osun State: APC wins 28 LGAs while PDP wins 2 (Ife East and Ife Central) Total votes: APC – 383,603; PDP – 249,929
Sunday, March 29, 2015: 08:25pm:Channels TV Correspondent, Lanre Lasisi, reports that the INEC Chairman and the Commissioners have decided that collation of election results will start 12noon on Monday. The INEC says that it hopes that by then more results would have come in so that they can start and end it without much breaks.
Sunday, March 29, 2015: 06:50pm:The INEC holds press conference. Says it will do its best to ensure that the lapses in Saturday’s election will not reoccur.
Sunday, March 29, 2015: 10:25am: Few hours to the announcement of the result of the National Assembly election in Anambra state, the factional Senatorial Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for Anambra South Senatorial Zone, Mr. Chris Uba, says INEC should not declare any candidate of the PDP for the National Assembly election winner or issue certificate of return for reasons that the Supreme Court is yet to give its verdict on the duly nominated candidates for the 2015 National Assembly election.
Sunday, March 29, 2015: 10:24am:Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Kayode Aderanti, denies claims Ikorodu Road is on lock down by security agents. Insists that only places where elections have been extended have security agents enforcing the restriction of movement.
Sunday, March 29,2015: 09:57am: No restriction of movement in Ogun State, voting yet to commence.
Sunday, March 29, 2015: 09:45: Collation of results holds at St. Peter’s Unity Secondary School, Akure, the collation centre for Ondo Central Senatorial District.
Sunday, March 29, 2015: 02:25am: Rivers State PDP Chairman, Felix Obuah, counters Amaechi’s election claims on elections in Rivers State. He insists Governor Amaechi is only reacting to an imminent defeat.
Sunday, March 29, 2015: 02:16am: Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, calls on INEC to conduct the elections in Rivers State, insisting that after all that he witnessed on Saturday, there was no election at all in the state.
He regrets the challenges with the card reader and explains the rationale behind creating an addendum to the electoral guidelines. He regrets the unforeseen incidents.
Saturday, March 28, 2015: 11:13pm: The Director-General of the National Orientation Agency, Mr Mike Omeri, says there was massive turnout of voters in the FCT and this is a clear demonstration of the people’s confidence in the government’s promise of adequate security during the polls. #Nigeria2015
Saturday, March 28, 2015: 9:29pm: Election update continues as INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, speaks on the hacking of the commission’s website earlier in the day.
“What I want to stress is that no database on the website is compromised, but only the information on the website”- Jega #Nigeriadecides
Saturday, March 28, 2015: 9:13pm: Former Governor of Gombe State, Danjuma Goje, speaks LIVE on Channels Television’s via the telephone. He says soldiers have laid siege around his house. “They have blocked the street leading to the house and no one can go out,” he says.
According to him, he has no idea what he has done to warrant him and members of his family being denied their freedom.
Saturday, March 28, 2015: 8:30pm: Our Plateau State Correspondent, Yemi Kosoko, reports that voting and counting is still going on in many polling units.
He says a lot of voters were unable to get their names from where they registered so they had to trek long distances to locate where their numbers were.
Saturday, March 28, 2015: 8:10pm: Our correspondent, Austin Okon-Akpan, gives election update from Ayobo-Ipaja area in Lagos. There was a large turnout of voters but there was a male citizen whose details on the INEC record show him as female. This led to heated arguments with the INEC officials. He was prevented from voting.
He also says Alimosho was peaceful as residents were able to successfully cast their votes.
Saturday, March 28, 2015: 8:05pm: Reports confirm that in Abia State, accreditation was peaceful as people waited patiently in long queues. The State Governor, Theodore Orji, has also voted alongside his wife. He, however, complained about the logistic challenges and card reader issues.
Saturday, March 28, 2015: 7:30pm: Channels Television reporter, Olu Philip, on election update, says voters in VGC Lagos are not planning to return on Sunday as they have provided a power generator in other to carry on with the exercise.
Saturday, March 28, 2015: 5:45pm: Vote counting begins in polling units in some states – Delta, Osun, Bayelsa, Ondo…
Saturday, March 28, 2015: 5:30pm: The Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) General Muhammadu Buhari has cast his votes at his hometown Daura, Katsina State, while the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) voted at his home town Otuoke, Bayelsa State
Saturday, March 28, 2015: 3:30pm: The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) extends voting till Sunday in polling units with accreditation issues.
Saturday, March 28, 2015: 3:30pm: The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) adjusts the guidelines for the elections to address some of the challenges being faced during the accreditation process across the country.
Saturday, March 28, 2015: 3:09pm: Jonathan votes in hometown, Otuoke, Bayelsa State. After voting he said:“I call on Nigerians to be patient with INEC on the issues with the card reader. I will not lay blames on the Federal Government or INEC. We are all one and I am hopeful. I believe the elections will be free and fair”. He also noted that the card reader issue is not just in his area but also a national issue and therefore called on Nigerians to use the manual way where it fails.
On reports of bomb blast in Enugu, President Jonathan said there was no bomb blast in the state. “I spoke to the governor of the state and he said there was no blast”.
Saturday, March 28, 2015: 3:06pm: President Goodluck Jonathan is ready to cast his vote with his wife Patience Jonathan.
Nasarawa, Saturday, March 28, 2015: 3:00pm: Voting Commences.
Saturday, March 28, 2015: 2:09pm: Governor of Ondo state, Olusegun Mimiko casting his vote in his state.
Saturday, March 28,2015: 1:45pm: Voting commences in Government Secondary School, Damaturu, Yobe state with large turnout.
Saturday, March 28, 2015: 11:53am: The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) made a comment about its hacked website via their twitter handle. “We are aware of the recent hack of our @inecnigeria website, we are currently investigating this incident”.
Saturday, March 28, 2015: 11:45am: The Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) website has been hacked
Bayelsa, Saturday, March 28, 2015: 11:05am: President Jonathan and the First Lady get accredited without the card reader. “I ask Nigerians to be patient. If they have problems with their Permanent Voter Cards there are other ways to go around it. The use of card reader is new and anything new you must have challenges. I will be back about 1:00pm after accreditation. INEC will have a way to handle delayed accreditation and I believe they will follow the guidelines to ensure that all Nigerians willing to vote will vote.”
Bayelsa, Saturday, March 28, 2015: 11:02am: President Goodluck Jonathan and the First Lady return to the polling unit for accreditation.
Bayelsa, Saturday, March 28, 2015: 10:56am: President Jonathan says his interest is for INEC to conduct a credible election. “No matter the hitches experienced in some places, my conviction is that the election will hold peacefully. If I can endure, you can see me sweating… I urge all Nigerians to be patient. Our election is one that the whole world is looking up to. Any sacrifice is worth taking. I encourage Nigerians to be patient with INEC. Everybody will vote, even if the card readers have issues.”
Idimu, Saturday, March 28, 2015: 09:58am:Card Readers working as voters get accredited
Egbe Idimu LCDA, Saturday March 28, 2015: 09:57am: Electoral Officers are distributing materials at the Community Primary School, Egbe Idimu Local Council Development Authority (LCDA)
Bayelsa, Saturday, March 28, 2015: 09:53am:President Goodluck Jonathan could not be accredited. His card not read.
Saturday, March 28, 2015: 09:53am:Elderly people from different parts of country have come out to perform their civil rights and believing in Nigeria
Saturday, March 28, 2015: 09:51am: Elderly people are not left out of the accreditation process at Idimu
Bayelsa, Saturday, March 28, 2015: 09:45am:Channels Television’s correspondent says several card readers failed.
Bayelsa, Saturday, March 28, 2015: 09:40am:President Goodluck Jonathan having issues with accreditation.
Bayelsa, Saturday, March 28, 2015: 09:20am:President Goodluck Jonathan arrives the polling unit in Otuoke.
Ondo State: Saturday, March 28, 2015: 08:57am: Accreditation ongoing at unit 20 ward 7, Ondo Town, Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s unit.
Saturday, March 28, 2015: 08:42am: INEC official sensitising voters on accreditation exercise in Ward8, Unit9 in Ifako Ijaiye
Katsina, Saturday, March 28, 2015: 08:41am: The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, General Muhammadu Buhari, gets accredited in Daura, Katsina State.
Saturday, March 28, 2015: 07:41am: Officials from the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) getting ready for accreditation in Elemoso Local Government Area, Ondo state.
Saturday, March 28, 2015: 00:01hrs: INEC discloses its postponement of elections into the House of Representatives in 11 Federal Constituencies in Jigawa State. READ MORE
Saturday, March 28, 2015: 00:00hrs:It is D-day! Nigerians head to the polls today for the presidential and National Assembly elections. They decide on who will be the President and those to occupy the two chambers of the National Assembly for the next four years.
Friday, March 27, 2015: 00:00hrs:Election campaigns officially close in Nigeria. Candidates vying for Presidency and seats in the two chambers of the National Assembly are expected to stop every form of campaign. A violation of the order, as stipulated by the Electoral Act, attracts a fine of 500 000 Naira or 12 months imprisonment.
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has urged Nigerians to accept the outcome of the Saturday presidential election in good faith, saying “the election result is the will of God and Nigerians, and all lovers of peace, progress and development of Nigeria must accept it”.
Governor Fayose, in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, hailed the resilience and commitment of President Goodluck Jonathan and General Mohammadu Buhari (rtd).
The Governor said that the election results should not been seen as victory or loss for any political party, adding that; “To me, Nigerians and democracy won.”
He praised Nigerians for believing in the democratic process, adding that; “By this election, Nigerians have shown that democracy has come to stay in the country.”
Governor Fayose said; “I salute Nigerians, especially the great people of Ekiti State.
“I salute President Jonathan for laying the most solid foundation for democracy in Nigeria. And I salute Major General Buhari for being a resilient and dogged fighter.
“I urge Nigerians, irrespective of their ethic, religious and political affiliation to respect the outcome of the election in the interest of peace, progress and development of the country.
“Nigeria as a country is greater than any individual or group and it is my plea that no one should do anything to rock the boat of peace in the country.”
From Damaturu the Yobe State capital comes a report that before the official announcement of the winner in Nigeria’s presidential election, APC supporters across major towns of the state trooped to major streets in celebration of the expected victory.
The party supporters deferred any security threat in the troubled north-east state bedevilled by the Boko Haram insurgents to rejoice over the victory of the APC presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
It was a celebration galore as jubilant youth besieged the Damaturu central round about and other major streets chanting party slogans saying their votes were not tampered with, having given General Buhari all the necessary support.
Channels Television correspondent reports that the celebration went on in other major towns of the state particularly Potiskum, Gashua, Nguru, Geidam among others.
Their joy also comes from the expectation that Yobe would begin to enjoy the central government having being in the opposition since the second republic.
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the 2015 election, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), has expressed gratitude to Nigerians for voting him and his party to steer the ship of state for the next four years.
Buhari said this in an interim message of thanks and gratitude to Nigerians in Abuja on Tuesday.
This was contained in a statement by the Director of Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mallam Garba Shehu.
In the message, Buhari thanked Nigerians “for choosing him and his party over and above the PDP and their candidate, the incumbent President, Dr Jonathan Goodluck.”
The APC statement said it “declared victory after Dr. Jonathan called General Buhari at 5.15pm to make a concession and congratulate the winner.
Shehu quoted Buhari as saying the mood of the country as well as its current state, did not warrant the type of wild celebrations reportedly going on in some cities across the country.
“Buhari said anybody happy with the victory of the APC in the presidential election will not be involved in the molestation of opponents or the destruction of their property.
“He or she is not with me, whoever does that,” Buhari curtly said.
He is expected to make a major acceptance speech as soon as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission declares the final results in which Buhari is expected to be declared winner.
STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE RESULTS OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2015
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.
I congratulate all Nigerians for successfully going through the process of the March 28th General Elections with the commendable enthusiasm and commitment that was demonstrated nationwide.
I also commend 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.
I thank all Nigerians once again for the great opportunity I was given to lead this country and assure you that I will continue to do my best at the helm of national affairs until the end of my tenure.
I have conveyed my personal best wishes to General Muhammadu Buhari.
May God Almighty continue to bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.