Gani Adams, the coordinator of the militia group, Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, Wednesday has told President-elect Muhammadu Buhari not to see himself as president of his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC but of the entire country. Adams made the statement in a congratulatory message to Buhari who won last Saturday presidential election.
Adams vehemently opposed Buhari, staged a violent protest in Lagos to press for the removal of the Attahiru Jega, the INEC chairman, and promised to deliver to outgoing president Goodluck Jonathan six million votes from the southwest region.
In his volte face, Buhari’s success at the polls showed he is the choice of the people; he commended him (Buhari) for his resilience and tenacity over the years.
“I wish to send my congratulations to the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, on his success in the recently-concluded presidential election. By his resounding success in the election across the country, General Buhari has proved that he is the choice of the people”
“I commend his resilience and tenacity over the years which have seen him equal the record of great leaders like Abraham Lincoln of the USA. His victory is a lesson to all of us that we can be what we want to be if we are patient and persistent in our legitimate pursuits in life”.
“His speeches before, during and after the election are also commendable because they went a long way in dousing the tension in the country.
This actually shows that the ‘Peoples General’ as he is fondly called is indeed a statesman’.
“However, having won the election, I want the president-elect to begin to see himself as the president-elect of all Nigerians and not just that of the All Progressives Congress (APC). For him, it is time to mend whatever differences that may have arisen as a result of the election.
“It is time for all Nigerians, irrespective of political affiliation, to come together to continue to build our nation in a positive way, which of course, should be the focus of the president-elect himself and every other political leader across the various political parties in the country”, Mr. Adams said.
“And for all of us, it is a new dawn in the annals of the country for an opposition party to win in a popular election.
Adams also praised Jonathan, whom he duped with the non-existent votes. Adams said Jonathan created a level-playing ground for all the parties in the contest and lauded his (Jonathan) high spirit of sportsmanship by congratulating the president-elect even before all the results were released.
“By his action, President Jonathan has truly lived up to his statement that his ambition is not worth the life of any Nigerian. This is an exemplary feat, which any other presidents coming after him must not fall short of achieving.
“And to all Nigerians, who by their participation in the election also deserve kudos as they defied the weather, distance and other hurdles to cast their votes. Their actions have revealed that democracy in the country has come to stay”.
“I urge them not to rest on their oars as their consistency in holding leaders accountable to their promises will go a long way in bringing out the best from the public office holders.