*Says ’we will build on gains of 2011 elections‘

BY DANIEL       IDONOR

ABUJA – President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated all those who emerged victorious at the just concluded general elections, and promised that together, the present crop of leaders across the country would build on the gains of 2011 elections.

The President particularly hailed all re-elected and newly-elected state governors, all re-elected and incoming members of the National Assembly, as well as re-elected and newly elected members of state Houses of Assembly across the country for their victory.

Jonathan’s congratulation message is contained in a statement by Mr Ima Niboro, Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity.

The statement said the President was looking forward to working harmoniously with the elected officers irrespective of their political differences in the next four years on the implementation of his agenda for national transformation.

“With the 2011 general elections all but concluded, except for the supplementary elections scheduled to hold in parts of Imo State on Friday, the President wishes, once again, to thank all Nigerians and friends of Nigeria, who have contributed to the delivery of the free, fair and credible elections promised by this administration,” the statement stated.

Jonathan expresses appreciation

The president expressed appreciation to the Chairman, commissioners, permanent and ad-hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, especially members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, some of who sadly lost their lives in patriotic service to the country, the national security services, local and international observer groups as well as millions of Nigerians who trooped out thrice in the month of April to peacefully vote for leaders of their choice.

According to the statement, “President Jonathan believes that in spite of untoward incidents such as the violence witnessed in parts of the country, all Nigerians can be justifiably proud of the 2011 general elections which have been acclaimed locally and internationally as the freest and most credible elections held in the country in the current democratic dispensation.

“The President is determined to move Nigeria further along the path of democratic consolidation in the next four years to build on the gains of the 2011general election.”

In this regard, according to the statement, “he is committed to working with all stakeholders to address any  observed weaknesses which persist in the country’s electoral system.”

President Jonathan then urged winners in the elections to be magnanimous in victory, and to commit themselves to good governance for all their constituents without discrimination.

He also urged them not to engage their predecessors in unnecessary battles, which might turn out as counterproductive.

He sympathised with those who lost in the elections.

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