- The 2019 elections has been described as free and fair by President Buhari
- The president thanked God for the conclusion of the presidential election in an overwhelmingly peaceful manner
- Buhari applauded Nigerians who voted for him, adding that he will consolidate on the progress made by his administration
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed gratitude to God and all Nigerians for re-electing him as president describing the process as free and fair.
The president received his certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission alongside Professor Yemi Osinbajo from Professor Mahmood Yakubu on Wednesday, February 27.
He promised to continue to work for the country’s progress and consolidate on his administration’s focus on reviving the economy, and fighting corruption
Buhari expressed gratitude to God for sparing the lives of the people to witness another milestone in Nigeria’s democratic development, conclusion of the presidential election in an overwhelmingly peaceful manner.
He congratulated all the presidential candidates and their teams on a hard-fought campaign.
The president said: "We may have had different views during the campaign, but the one thing most of us have in common is love of our country and our desire to improve conditions for Nigerians.
"From the comments of several observers both local and foreign, it is obvious that the elections were both free and fair.
"Now that the elections are over, and a winner declared, we must all see it as a victory for Nigeria, our dear country. That was why I encouraged my teeming supporters, in a speech I read earlier today, not to gloat. Our God-given victory is enough cause for joy, without deriding those who were in the opposition. All Nigerians, going forward, must stand in brotherhood, for a bright and fulfilling future."
Buhari said his government will remain inclusive and its doors will remain open, while also assuring that he will continue to engage all parties that have the best interest of Nigerians at heart.
According to him, the hard work to deliver a better Nigeria continues. He added that his government has no other motive than to serve Nigeria with their hearts and might, and build a nation which generations to come can be proud of.
"I am very grateful to the over 15 million citizens who voted for me, those who contributed in many ways in the running of our successful campaign, and those at home and abroad who expressed confidence in me and the APC Government. I thank you all.
"I can assure that you will see a country moving to the Next Level, as we consolidate on our fundamental areas of securing the country, reviving the economy, and fighting corruption. Many other focal areas, as stated in our campaign manual, will be added, to the good things we plan for our country.
"Let me pay tribute here to those who lost their lives either through accidents or mindless violence during the course of these elections. My heart and thoughts are with the families of the victims. May God comfort and give them the fortitude to bear the loss.
"Election is not war, and should never be seen as a do or die affair. I pray that we all accept this democratic approach to elections, however contentious.
"Thank you all and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria," he added.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on Wednesday, February 27, officially declared President Buhari of the APC as the winner of the 2019 presidential election, defeating Atiku Abubakar of the PDP with over three million votes.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the PDP has rejected the results of the presidential and National Assembly elections.
The party's national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, addressing a press conference in Abuja, described the figures being announced by INEC as incorrect and totally unacceptable.
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