by Austin Johnson
Muhammadu Buhari, of the APC, having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected.” This was the statement by INEC Chairman Prof. AttahiruJega declaring the APC candidate winner of the just concluded Presidential election.
The emergence of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as president -elect against the incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will no doubt launch Nigeria into a great Nation and development will follow.
GMB won Nigeria’s presidential election by 2.57 million votes, according to official results announced by INEC. The general won 15,424,921 votes or 53.95 percent of the 28,587,564 total valid votes cast while President Goodluck Jonathan, scored 12,853,162 or 44.96 percent of the vote.
After threefailed attempts, the gallant General Muhammadu Buhari finally recaptured the position or seat of power that he lost through a military coup led by Gen. Ibrahim Babangida and some military officers on August 27th 1985.
The APC candidate got the highest number of votes in 21 states; also met the constitutional requirement to be declared President-elect by getting more than one quarter of the votes in 27 states while Dr. Jonathan prevailed in 15 states and Abuja.
The APC candidate won in Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfarastates while PDP Jonathan won in Rivers, Plateau, Taraba, Nasarawa, Imo, Enugu, Ekiti, Edo, Delta, Ebonyi, Cross River, Bayelsa, Anambra, AkwaIbom, Abia state and the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja).
The statesmanship exhibited by Goodluck Jonathan in congratulating Buhari has shown that Jonathan is a true democrat though that may anger some PDP members and this singular act has enhanced Nigeria’s political curriculum vitae in the international community.
Muhammadu Buhari’s victory makes it a second time since 1999, when Nigeria returned to democratic rule, that a retired military officer would become Nigeria’s president. The first was Gen Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999.
With the declaration of Buhari as the winner, the President-elect now becomes the President of Nigeria not only of APC. The good thing about Buhari’s election is that the man has been there before, though as a military head of State. However, a good leader is a good leader whether in uniform or buba. The general has lots of internal forces to contend with but being a man of principles it is our belief he shall overcome it.
However, Buhari’s standing and credentials are the only tools that could root out the PDP out of office and that is why the APC as smart as the leadership could think had no choice but to pick Buhari instead of Abubakar Atiku, Rochasor Gov Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano state. Many voted APC because of the person of Buhari not the party. Some may not agree but the truth remains that should Buhari decamp or join another Party be rest assured that the Party will win in any of the elections. So, it is high time desperate and Political contractors begin to know that power belongs to God and He gives it to whom he will.
For instance, the out-going Gov Suswam of Benue state wanted to be in the senate through the PDP way but the will of the people prevailed. This is because, he refused to pay their salaries for over seven months and expect same people to vote him into office with empty stomachs again.
PDP failed because they thought it was business as usual. While APC was busy engaging the Nigerian people through the Press and social media, the PDP were busy sharing money instead of promoting the achievements of it’s candidates. The greatest dis-service committed by the PDP to its candidates was political treason“Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks” – Doug Larson.
The above words of Larson should be meditated by the incoming President.
One truth still remain that not all those saying ‘say baba Buhari’ meant what they say. The President should not forget that some of these converted PDP, ACN or CPC members are part of the people that created the suffering some of us are facing now in Nigeria. In the day time they appeared as Angels while at night they are like Satan or demons incarnate. Some of these politicians may not be happy with the election of the General but they have no choice but to fall in line and even those that tried to identify with him are there just to escape being jailed which only time will tell.
My President-elect some of them may think they brought you into the party and campaigned for you to win but remember they are agents of milkers of the Nigerian economy for such people they may have the keys to the City but you have the power to change the locks.
The President elect should keep his campaign promises and prove to the world that Nigeria is in a new political dispensation if our votes must count.
We look forward to your inauguration.