By Nwabueze Okonkwo
Former Governor of Abia State and senator-elect, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has called on Nigerians to accept the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in Saturday’s presidential election.
He also called on Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the pan-Igbo socio-cultural organisation, to congratulate Buhari on his victory.
In a statement yesterday, Kalu said since the election has been won, Nigerians should come together to support President Buhari in his second term.
“I call on all Nigerians to accept the outcome of the elections as announced by INEC as a reflection of the will of the people. In particular, I urge the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and all other well-meaning Igbo leaders to congratulate President Buhari on his re-election for a second term,” Kalu said.
He said the election was tough and keenly contested by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, but that Nigerians should take a cue from what happened in the United States in 2016 when President Donald Trump and former Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton contested for the presidency.
According to him, after the result was declared, Clinton congratulated Trump.
He said:”The election was tough and hotly contested by the two main political parties in Nigeria, the PDP and the APC. In 2016, President Donald Trump and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton ran a very tough, divisive and even nasty campaign but Clinton still congratulated President Trump immediately after the election and the Democrats moved on and started preparing for the next election.
“If our democracy must grow, we must emulate the very positive sides of the United States democratic system, from where we borrowed our presidential system.”
He said the US, which fought a war with Vietnam, is working together today.
“Let me also add that the historic second summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim of North Korea is taking place today (February 27, 2019) in Vietnam, a country with which the United States fought a fratricidal war in the seventies but have become great friends and collaborators, giving rise to the spectacular developmental strides in Vietnam today,” he noted.
The senator-elect urged Nigerian to have faith in democracy and to trust President Buhari who had promised that his new administration starting from May 29, 2019 would work harder for a better Nigeria.
He quoted the president as saying that “the new administration will intensify its effort in security, restructuring the economy and fighting corruption. We have laid down the foundation and we are committed to seeing matters to the end.”
We will strive to strengthen our unity and inclusiveness so that no section or group will feel left behind or left out, Kalu urged Nigerian to please trust the President and continue to have faith in our democracy and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.h
The constituencies won by PDP included Awka North/South won by Chief Sam Onwuaso, Anaocha/Njikoka/Dunukofia won by Valentine Anyika, Oyi/Ayamelum won by Vincent Ofumelu, Onitsha North/South won by Lynda Ikpeazu, Ogbaru won by Chu Chu Onyema and Nnewi North/South won by Chris Azubogu.
Meantime, the Campaign for Democracy, CD has urged the defeated PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar to declare himself winner of the election based on verifiable irregularities in the results announced by INEC.
CD also urged President Buhari to resign honourably to pave the way for the emergence of an interim government headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN who will hold sway for some month and conduct a credible, free and fair election.
National Publicity of CD, Dede Uzor . Uzor who spoke to newsmen in Onitsha yesterday, said the national assembly should enact a law banning a sitting president from conducting elections in the country, particularly if the president is recontesting.