Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, former Vice-President of Nigeria and APC presidential aspirant in the party’s primary election which was won by the president-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, has described Buhari’s victory as the most important chapter in Nigeria’s democracy.
He stated this in a press statement issued, signed and released to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday night by Mr Paul Ibe, his Deputy Head of Media, following Buhari’s emergence as president-elect.
According to the statement, Buhari’s victory at the polls also bears witness to the acceptance of Buhari’s ideology of justice, fair play and zero tolerance for corruption by Nigerians.
It said: “The great Nnamdi Azikiwe once wrote that history will continue to vindicate the just.
“ Your victory in the polls, with votes from across the length and breadth of our country, bears witness to the acceptance of not just our party, the APC, but also your ideology of justice, fair play and zero tolerance for corruption as the bedrock for national rebirth.
“You have led our party to an unprecedented victory within two years of its official formation, and in so doing, written the most important chapter of our democracy.”
It said that the former Vice-President further pledged to support the President-elect in whatever he intended to do in the interest of the nation, and urged him not to relent on his promises to Nigerians.
“Dear 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 opportunities, and improve citizens’ welfare.
“We will stand behind you to ensure we keep those promises, just like we did during these elections.
“We look up to you to heal the fractures of our country, and truly unite this country like never before,’’ it quoted Atiku as saying.
The statement also commended President Goodluck Jonathan for conducting what Atiku described as a “historic election.”
It said: “Your party may have lost the elections, but you have won the admiration of the world by not interfering with the wishes of Nigerians. History will be kind to you.”