Atiku Concedes Defeat, Congratulates Buhari

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2014-12-11 21:38:12


After a keenly contested Presidential Primaries of the opposition All Progressives Congress which held at the Teslim Balogun Square that Saw the emergence of General Muhammadu Buhari as its standard flag bearer, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has conceded defeat and congratulated his erstwhile rival.

Taking to his twitter handle moments before the results were officially announced, Atiku Abubakar congratulated General Buhari, saying it was a victory well deserved.

“Congratulations General Buhari. The delegates have spoken, you fully deserve the victory -AA” the former vice president wrote via his twitter handle @atiku.

After Collation and counting of delegates votes which did not commence until about 3am Thursday, Chairman of the Convention Planning Committee of the All Progressives Congress and immediate past Governor of Ekiti state Dr. Kayode Fayemi officially announced the result and formally declared Buhari winner.

“It is my pleasure to declare Muhammadu Buhari winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary,” the chief returning officer Fayemi Kayode told a cheering crowd in the national stadium in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub.

General Muhammadu Buhari in a landslide victory polled a total of 3,430 votes in the about 6000 accredited delegates.

Kano State Governor Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso emerged as runner up polling 974 votes, former vice president Atiku Abubakar came third with 954 votes, Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha scored 624 votes, while publisher of Leadership newspaper Sam Nda Isiah polled 10, scoring even less than the total number of invalid votes which stands at 16.

While delivering his concession speech, Atiku Abubakar, GCON, former Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, at the Convention and Presidential Primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), heartily congratulated General Muhammadu Buhari, admitting that since the delegates have spoken, it was a well-deserved victory.

“I heartily congratulate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari for emerging victorious in this keenly contested presidential primary election of our great Party, the APC.

“You ran a spirited campaign, and since the delegates have spoken, you fully deserve the victory.” Atiku said.

Atiku further expressed his confidence that Buhari will provide the need leadership style and work closely with qualified Nigerians to provide good governance.

“I am very confident that you will provide the needed leadership to turn this country around.

“I have no doubt that you will work with dedicated and qualified Nigerians to protect our citizens, improve our economy, create jobs, improve education, reform governance and fight corruption.

“You will indeed bring the change Nigerians have been yearning for. Once more, congratulations.”

Atiku also lauded other contestants, applauding their commitment to Democracy by sheer participating in the primaries.

“I congratulate the other contestants, namely Governors Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and Rochas Okorocha as well as the erudite Sam Nda-Isiah. You have all demonstrated your commitment to democracy by participating in this transparent process and by campaigning vigorously across this country.

“I thank our delegates for their sacrifices and their commitment to democracy. In particular, I thank those who voted for me for your faith in me.

However, since we came up short, have to now rally behind General Buhari to help him prevail in the coming Presidential election.

“The APC has demonstrated, through the transparent process, the Party’s commitment to democracy and rule of law. It has demonstrated its respect for people and their choice through the ballot box.

“I sincerely thank the Convention Committee for putting together a hitch-free convention.

“My dear friends, we have voted, a winner has emerged. I pledge my commitment to this Party, and to campaign vigorously for our candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and all APC candidates to ensure victory in the 2015 elections.

“I call on all other contestants and our party’s rank and file to unite behind our candidates at all levels to ensure that the PDP is defeated, so Nigerians can have real change,” he concluded

Political observers opine that though Atiku might not have won the primaries but one thing that cannot be taken away from him is the fact that he enforced internal democracy in the APC, apparently referring to his staunch stance that election be held instead of a consensus.

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