Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, has praised President Goodluck Jonathan and General Muhammadu Buhari for displaying true sportsmanship and statesmanship in the presidential election.
Agbaje also commended Lagosians for voting massively for PDP in the presidential, Senatorial and House of Representatives elections.
In a statement by Felix Oboagwina,Director of Media and Publicity to Mr. Jimi Agbaje, the PDP Governorship Candidate commended President Jonathan for placing the nation ahead of personal and party interests by conceding defeat to Buhari.
“Many in Nigeria and the international community had feared that 2015 would witness post-election violence and explosion in the nation,” he said. “But the pre-election and post-election disposition of these competing candidates has defused the tension and frustrated all evil prognoses.”
According to him, the two had shown themselves as true nationalists.
Agbaje described President Jonathan as a man of history, being not only the first incumbent leader to concede defeat to the opposition, but one of the few African leaders who did not have the sit-tight or do-or-die attitude to politics.
Congratulating Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) for their victory, Agbaje prayed that their reign would usher in peace and prosperity to every part of Nigeria.
He said that by the result of the polls in Lagos, Lagosians had demonstrated that they were ready for change in the state.
According to him, PDP’s commendable performance at the three elections came about as a synergy between indigenes and non-indigenes.
“The results were a victory for democracy in Lagos State,” he said. “It marked the end of the era of a one-party state in Lagos. Now that other parties have broken the monopoly of the ruling party, Lagosians can look forward to deriving the full benefits of democracy. No longer will anyone or any party take Lagosians for a ride.”
Agbaje also congratulated Federal legislators emerging from the elections, saying, they must remember that they owed their victory to the people and they should be ready to serve the electorate.
He urged Lagosians to hold firmly to their resolve to produce change at the April 11 governorship and state house of assembly polls.
However, Agbaje urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to solve the several headaches that bedevilled the polls, including, lateness of polling staff at duty posts, malfunctioning card readers and the unholy alliance between officials and APC.
“INEC owes Nigerians the duty to deliver free, fair and credible elections and the Commission must do everything humanly possible to check and avoid failure,” he said.
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