BY: Vitalis Ugoh, Calabar
The Senate Leader in the 7th Nigerian Senate,Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba (SAN), has described the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s victory at the February 25th, Presidential elections as “renewed hope restored to Nigerians”.
In a congratulatory message after the official declaration as winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, he said “on Saturday the 25th day of February, Nigerians trooped out to their polling stations to vote in a new President to lead the country.”
“By the conclusion of collation and announcement of results from the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory, it was obvious to all that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the candidate of my party, the All Progressives’ Congress has emerged a clear winner in a keen contest, he added”.
“Jagaban, your declaration as President-Elect this morning by the Independent National Electoral Commission is a confirmation of the wishes of majority of Nigerians.”
Continuing, “your victory speech which followed left no one in doubt that you fully appreciate the task of nation building that awaits you, Ndoma-Egba noted”.
According to him, “you ran an issue-based campaign with the Hope Renewed mantra. You traversed the length and breadth of this country more than once. You stuck to the task of wooing Nigerian voters even when your opponents resorted to playing up the issues of religion and ethnicity that have held Nigeria down for decades”.
“Your electoral triumph cut across the ethnic, religious and geographical divides in Nigeria as evidenced by the State by State spread of the voting numbers. Indeed you have confirmed your status as a true unifier, which is crucial in a multi plural country such as ours”.
Therefore, “while we all bask in the euphoria of this hard fought victory, I enjoin you to be magnanimous to your co-contestants. I trust in your capacity to take Nigeria to the full realization of the Renewed Hope you promised”.
He appealed to the other candidates to take the outcome in their stride and join hands with the President-Elect to strengthen our institutions and systems and build a secure and prosperous Nigeria.
The former Senate Leader said “Congratulations to you Jagaban of Nigeria. Congratulations to you Mr. President-Elect. Congratulations to All Progressives’ Congress and congratulations to Nigeria”.