Buhari Should Keep His Electoral Promises, Says Ubani

 

A legal practitioner, Monday Ubani, has asked the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari to fulfil his electoral promises to Nigerians.

He also called on those aggrieved by the outcome of the elections to go to court.

He stated this on Thursday when he made an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, a day after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Buhari the winner of the 2019 presidential election.

“Now that the elections have been lost and won, those who want to go to court should go to court. Then the person who has won should now continue to ensure that Nigeria moves in accordance with his promises to Nigeria,” he said.

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Ubani, who is a former ex-Vice President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) also commended the masses for coming out in large numbers to vote.

He also commended Atiku for appealing to his supporters to embrace peace, stressing that it was crucial for the survival of Nigeria.

“I think the key two actors – the President himself and Atiku Abubakar have appealed to his followers to maintain peace and that to me is critical.

“The President in his acceptance speech extended his hands of fellowship to his opponents, let’s move Nigeria forward. Now we need to really accentuate these statements of these leaders,” he added.

President Buhari polled a total of 15,191,847 to defeat his closest rival and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku, who polled 11,262,978.

Buhari Vows To Intensify Efforts On Security, Economy And Anti-Corruption Fight

 

The President has restated his administration’s commitment to ensuring adequate security, economic restructuring and an intensified fight against corruption.

President Muhammadu Buhari said this in his acceptance speech after being declared winner of the presidential election held on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

“The new administration will intensify its efforts in Security, Restructuring the Economy and Fighting Corruption. We have laid down the foundation and we are committed to seeing matters to the end.”

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While promising to strengthen the unity of the country and promote inclusiveness so that no section or group will feel left behind, the president appealed to his supporters “not to gloat or humiliate the opposition,” asking them to take solace in the victory already achieved.

He expressed appreciation to the millions of Nigerians who voted to re-elect him another four years, as well as prominent party leaders and members who sacrificed time and resources to make it possible.

He also spared some thought for those who lost their lives during the elections on Saturday, vowing that “Security agencies will bring to justice all those arrested”, for disrupting the process in selected places.

Elections Were Free And Fair, Says Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has said there were no doubts as to his re-election as the exercise according to both local and foreign observers was free and fair.

“From the comment of several observers both local and foreign, it is obvious that the elections were both free and fair,” he said on Wednesday after receiving his Certificate of Return at the International Collation Centre in Abuja.

The President polled a total of 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest rival and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, who scored 11,262,978 votes.

Atiku, however, believes the election was not free and fair and has vowed to challenge the outcome.

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Among other things, the PDP candidate condemned what he described as “the militarization of the electoral process”, saying it is a “disservice to our democracy” even as some states were fraught with electoral violence.

Open Doors

 

 

Buhari on the other hand, thanked God and his “teaming supporters” for the victory, while promising to run a very inclusive government.

According to him, “Now that the elections are over and the winner declared, we must all see it as a victory for Nigeria, our dear country.

“All Nigerians going forward must stand in brotherhood for a bright and fulfilling future.

“I, therefore, want to say that we will continue to engage all parties that have the best interests of Nigerians at heart.

“Our government will remain inclusive and our doors will remain open. That is the way to build the country of our dreams – safe, secure, prosperous and free of impunity”.

Next Level

Prior to his first term, President Buhari’s campaign rode on promises of fighting corruption, insecurity and boosting the economy.

He has now promised to take Nigeria to the next level as his administration works harder to fulfill the campaign promises.

“I can assure you that you will see the 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.

The president also commiserated with families of those who lost their lives during the elections.

He said, “To those who lost their lives either through accidents or mindless violence during the course of these elections, my hearts and thoughts are with the families of the victims. May God comfort and give them the fortitude to bear the loss.

“Election is not war and should never be seen as a do or die affair”.

PHOTOS: Supporters Jubilate As Buhari Defeats Atiku

Supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari jubilate in Abuja on Wednesday, (February,27,2019) Photos: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun

 

Supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari have taken to the streets of Abuja, Benin, Kano and across the nation, as they jubilate over his re-election.

President Buhari polled a total of 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest rival and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, who scored 11,262,978 votes.

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See photos of celebrations from across states below.


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Edo State

 

South African President Congratulates President Buhari On His Re-Election

This combination photo shows President Muhammadu Buhari and South Africa’s new President, Cyril Ramaphosa

 

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his victory in Nigeria’s Presidential election.

He also praised Nigerians for their patience after the elections were delayed by a week and their peaceful conduct during the elections, a statement by the South African Presidency said on Wednesday.

In his congratulatory message, the South African expressed his commitment to working closely with President Buhari’s government “to enhance the good bilateral relations which exist between South Africa and Nigeria, paying particular focus on the strengthening of economic cooperation”.

According to him, South Africa and Nigeria enjoy good political, economic and social relations formally established in 1994, immediately after South Africa’s first democratic elections.

“The two countries have thus far signed 34 bilateral agreements covering various areas such as arts and culture, education, agriculture, trade and investment, mining, defence, policing, immigration, taxation, science and technology, health, tourism, environment and energy,” the statement read in part.

In July 2018, a few months after he succeeded Jacob Zuma, the South Africa President had visited Nigeria and met with President Buhari.

He recalled in his congratulatory message on Wednesday that he and President Buhari “held fruitful bilateral talks and recommitted their two government to deepening cooperation at the bilateral, continental and multilateral levels”.

Buhari’s Victory: It Is Time For Everybody To Team Up – Adesina

2018 Budget Will Be Signed On Wednesday, Adesina Confirms
File photo: Femi Adesina

 

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, has called on all Nigerians irrespective of religious or political affiliations to work together for the good of the country.

Adesina made this appeal of Wednesday shortly after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Buhari winner of the 2019 presidential election.

He regretted that some people were determined to truncate the President’s efforts in uniting the country prior to the build-up to the general polls.

“You will recall that in 2015, the President inherited a country that was badly fractured. He was working towards reuniting the country but there were some people hell-bent on emphasizing the things that divide us rather than the things that can unite us.

“And I suspect that they were doing it towards the 2019 elections. Now that the elections have come and gone, it’s time for everybody to team up to ensure that we have a cohesive large country,” he stated.

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On proposed plans by the current administration for the next four years, the Presidential spokesmen stated that his principal is committed in the fighting against terrorism.

According to him, President Buhari will use the people’s mandate to consolidate on achievements made in reviving the economy and fight corruption.

“One thing is sure, the President has said it many times that those three focus areas – securing the country, reviving the economy and fighting corruption will not change,” he added.

Adesina also stated that the election has proven the President’s commitment to deepening the nation’s democratic process as was witnessed in the just concluded presidential election.

His remarks come few hours after the electoral body announced the final result of the 2019 presidential election in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Chidoka, Keyamo Disagree Over Results From The North

 

 

The spokespersons for the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr Osita Chidoka and the Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation, Mr Festus Keyamo have disagreed over the presidential results from the north as released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Both men were at the Collation Centre, today,  in Abuja, where figures from all states regarding the presidential elections are being collated.

While expressing worries at the figures released by the commission from some northern states, Chidoka of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) asked the INEC boss, Professor Yakubu Mahmood, to provide details of the accreditation of voters captured by card readers in the general elections.

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“The issue before us Mr. Chairman is that we will appreciate, and we feel very strongly about this and the PDP Chairman (Mr. Uche Secondus) has written you a letter. We are worried that the promise you made and the commitment INEC made that as we are carrying out this collation of results, that you will project the details of the accreditations captured by your card readers in the country.

“Yesterday (Monday), our colleague raised the issue and we thought that when we come in this morning as we were listening to the states, we will be seeing the accreditation by states and by your card readers.

“Please Mr Chairman, we will like it to be on record that we want to see the accreditation by the card readers for Bauchi, Borno, Yobe in particular and then of course for the rest of the country because the numbers we are seeing seems to be like we live in two countries,” he stated.

In reaction to Chidoka’s comments, Keyamo of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said the PDP spokesman’s request goes contrary to Clauses 32 and 35 of INEC’s regulations.

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“I just want to react to what my colleague of the PDP said. My simple reaction is that what we are doing here is guided by law and the regulations of INEC.

“In the regulations of INEC, if one looks at Clauses 32 to 35, it clearly states the powers of the Chairman of INEC sitting at this Collation Centre and those powers of INEC Chairman does not involve the inquisition, the type of inquisition that my friend is asking for.

“The details that my friend is asking for amounts to an inquisition into the results submitted to the Chairman of INEC. There is a proper avenue into how many people were captured by the card readers and all of that and compared into the results.

“That is not the duties of the Chairman sitting at this Collation Centre and those procedures are clearly spelt out there. So for us as a party, for my candidate, we are totally objecting to that procedure here,” he stated.

In his response, Professor Yakubu said the request made by the PDP’s spokesperson should be channeled to the Commission’s headquarters.

Buhari Takes Unassailable Lead In Presidential Race

Muhammadu Buhari                                                       Atiku Abubakar

 

Candidate of the All Progressives Congress President Muhammadu Buhari has taken an unassailable lead over his closest rival, Atiku Abubakar, of the Peoples Democratic Party in Nigeria’s presidential race.

With the result of 35 out of the 36 states of the federation collated, the votes secured by the President showed that Abubakar could no longer catch up with him in the race.

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President Buhari took an early lead in the race, opening a gap 65,289 on Abubakar when the result of Ekiti, the first state to arrive at the National Collation Centre in Abuja, were read out.

He has held onto the lead, extending it over time, since then.

More to follow….

National Assembly Adjourns Sitting Till After Governorship Elections

Ortom Condemns Alleged Plot To Overthrow NASS Leadership

 

The National Assembly has adjourned sitting till March 12, 2019, when the governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections would have been concluded.

The leadership of both chambers adjourned plenary on Tuesday, as they were unable to form a quorum since no more than 10 lawmakers were available.

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Senate plenary was presided over by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, while that of the House of Representatives was presided over by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.

The Assembly was scheduled to resume sitting on February 19, but had to postpone it by a week, following the rescheduling of the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

PHOTOS: Collation Of Presidential Election Results Enters Day 2

 

The collation of Presidential Election results at the International Conference Centre has entered day two.

See Photos Below.

INEC Yet To Resume Collation Of Presidential Election Results

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is yet to resume the collation of results for the Presidential elections at the National Collation Centre, even though it said proceedings will begin at 10am today, Tuesday, February 26.

INEC Chairman, Professor Yakubu Mahmood had made an announcement on Monday, adjourning collations till Tuesday.

The Chairman’s directive came after collating results for eleven states and the FCT.

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The states already collated are Ekiti, Osun, Kwara, Gombe, Kogi, Nasarawa, Ondo, Yobe, Abia, Enugu, Ebonyi.

INEC Chairman had on Monday commenced the collation process by calling on party agents to inspect the materials for the collation of results and ensure that they are in order.

More results are expected to be delivered today when the session reconvenes.

U.S. Ambassador Applauds Peaceful Conduct Of Elections

United States Ambassador to Nigeria , Stuart Symington

 

The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, has congratulated Nigerians for their patience and large turnout to cast their votes in Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.

In a statement, the U.S. envoy also applauded the hundreds of thousands who worked with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct the polls.

Part of the statement read, “As noted by many observer groups in their preliminary reports, this election was predominantly peaceful, and it was proof of the Nigerian people’s resolute commitment to choose their leaders. The peaceful achievement of millions was shadowed by the violence of a few.”

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While commiserating with the families of those who lost their lives during the elections, Mr. Symington asked all the candidates in the elections to honor the peace accord they signed in the run-up to the exercise.

“All should convince those who support them to refrain from using force or violence to interfere with INEC.

“No one should break the law by announcing results before INEC does, or break the peace by claiming victory before the results are final. Everyone has a common interest in showing patience as INEC collates and announces the election results,” he said.