We are glad the 2015 Presidential elections held on a peaceful note, with INEC staying the course through the trying times in between the 3day running of one of Nigeria’s most competitive elections ever.
Congratulations to General Muhammadu Buhari of the APC on his win, as well as President Goodluck Jonathan for presiding over affairs in one of the finest, civil ways possible. Major congratulations, Nigerians.
These said, we bring you our Words On The Marble fro news doing the rounds in the last 7 days or more;
“I gave up my VP ambition to save APC” – Tinubu
On March 26th, Premium Times reported national leader of the All Progressive Congress as saying “if he were as ambitious as the Peoples Democratic Party portrays him to be, he would have broken up the party.”
Quoting the report, Tinubu “said he pulled out of the race for the vice presidential ticket of the APC voluntarily, for the sake of the party.”
“Arrest Femi Fani-Kayode” – BSO, Senator Aliero
Daily Post, on March 31st, reported that “The Buhari Support Organisation, BSO, has asked security agencies to arrest Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, the Director, Media, Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, for announcing unofficial results.
This call was made by the Director, Media and Information of the BSO, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, on Monday in Abuja at a news conference, Daily Post reported on March 31st.”
In related news, Premium Times has it that “A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Adamu Aliero, on Tuesday called on security agencies to arrest Femi Fani-Kayode, the director of publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organization, for falsely claiming that the PDP had won the presidential election in 23 states.”
Aliero claimed “it was reckless and irresponsible for Mr. Fani-Kayode to have made such a ‘stupid statement’”.
“He is supposed to be arrested because such people can cause mayhem in this country,” Adamu Aliero concluded.
“I, cabinet members will declare assets if elected” – Buhari
Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), promised to declare his assets and liabilities once elected and sworn into office.
Other members of his cabinet and appointees, he said, would be asked to toe the same line.
Buhari spoke through APC spokesman in South-East zone, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, after a road show in Enugu to sensitize the people on how he intended to run a transparent government, Vanguard reported on March 19th.
“With Buhari’s victory, I’ll surely go on exile” – Bode George
Earlier today, Vanguard reported Chief Bode George, former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, as saying “he may be going on exile following the victory of the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Maj-Gen Muhammudu Buhari (retd).”
Speaking with Vanguard, on the PDP’s defeat at the polls, the PDP chieftain said “What will I be doing here? I can decide to go and live anywhere. Look at everyone surrounding him (Buhari).”
“I am not joking about it… At 70, what will I be doing here? All we have been doing to restructure the country has been lost. We have been trying to ensure balance in the polity but all that has gone. What else will I be doing here?”
“We should be celebrating rather than mourning” – Goodluck Jonathan
On March 31st, President Goodluck Jonathan has told his supporters and the Peoples Democratic Party to be celebrating rather than mourning because he has kept his word of ensuring a free and fair election.
In a message to the nation conceding defeat, President Jonathan reiterated that his ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian, Vanguard reported.
“I promised the country free and fair elections. I have kept my word. I have also expanded the space for Nigerians to participate in the democratic process. That is one legacy I will like to see endure. ”
“Although some people have expressed mixed feelings about the results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), I urge those who may feel aggrieved to follow due process based on our constitution and our electoral laws, in seeking redress”, Jonathan said.
“I salute President Jonathan for laying solid foundation for democracy in Nigeria, and Major General Buhari for being a dogged fighter.” – Ayodele Fayose
Quoting Premium Times, Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has urged Nigerians to accept the outcome of Saturday’s presidential election in good faith, saying; “I salute Nigerians, especially the great people of Ekiti State.”
“I salute President Jonathan for laying the most solid foundation for democracy in Nigeria. And I salute Major General Buhari for being a resilience and dogged fighter.
“I urge Nigerians, irrespective of their ethnic, religious and political affiliation to respect the outcome of the election in the interest of peace, progress and development of the country.”
“Saturdays’s election result is the will of God and Nigeria must accept it”. – Ayodele Fayose
In same report on Premium Times, Fayose , via a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka held that “the election result is the will of God and Nigerians, and all lovers of peace, progress and development of Nigeria must accept it”.
“Before Jonathan there was Asari, after him there will be Asari” – Asari Dokubo
In the wake of the recently held Presidential elections, Niger Delta militant, Mujahid Dokubo Asari went on micro-blogging site, Twitter, and denounced any affiliations with President Goodluck Jonathan. He later refuted the claims in another tweet.
“I’m not a creation of jonathan before jonathan there was asari, after him there will be asari, I’m a friend to any government in power”.
Not long after, he tweeted a rejoinder, saying;
“There is a tweet circulating and trending right now purportedly ascribed to me… This tweet is not from me… I had never supported any government in the Nigerian state before the government of my brother Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan… My position on the independence and restoration of the stolen sovereignty of my country will never be negotiated away…”
Following the unneeded disruption of INEC during the announcement of the presidential election, Professor Attahiru Jega gave Mr. Orubebe a noteworthy dressing down in the following choice words;
“Mr. Orubebe, you are a former Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, you are a Statesman in your own right, so you should be careful about the things you say and your public conduct. Let us not disrupt this process that has already ended peacefully”.