After INEC’s Declaration, The President-elect, Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday, have a speech to appreciate his supporters.
Fidel Info reports that He also offered insight on his plans especially for the youth. Hehe was ready to listen and take a difficult route in ensuring Nigerians see better days and the country of their dreams.
He gave this speech at the APC Presidential Campaign Council headquarters in Abuja shortly after he was declared the winner of the presidential poll.
Below is the Full speech:
THE ERA OF RENEWED HOPE
By The President-Elect
of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
March 1, 2023
My fellow Nigerians,
I am profoundly humbled that you have elected me to serve as the 16th President of our beloved Republic. This is a shining moment in the life of any man and affirmation of our democratic existence. From my heart, I say thank you.
Whether you are Batified, Atikulated, Obidient, Kwankwasiyya, or have any other political affiliation, you voted for a better, more hopeful nation and I thank you for your participation and dedication to our democracy.
You decided to place your trust in the democratic vision of a Nigeria founded on shared prosperity and one nurtured by the ideals of unity, justice, peace and tolerance. Renewed hope has dawned in Nigeria.
We commend INEC for running a free and fair election. The lapses that did occur were relatively few in number and were immaterial to the final outcome. With each cycle of elections, we steadily perfect this process so vital to our democratic life.
Today, Nigeria stands tall as the giant of Africa. It shines even brighter as the continent’s biggest democracy.
I thank all who supported my campaign. From President Buhari who adeptly led my campaign as its chairman, to my Vice Presidential Candidate, Senator Kashim Shettima.
To the progressive governors of our party and this nation, to the party leadership, to our loyal party members. I owe you a debt of gratitude. To the entire campaign organisation, I thank you sincerely.
I thank my loving wife and dear family whose support was ceaseless and inspiring. Without you, this victory would not be possible.
I am grateful to Almighty God. By His mercy, I was born a son of Nigeria and through His sublime purpose, I find myself the victor of this election. May He grant me the wisdom and courage to lead the nation to the greatness He alone has destined for it.
Finally, I thank the Nigerian people for their abiding belief in our democracy. I shall be a fair leader to all Nigerians. I will be in tune with your aspirations, charge up your energies and harness your talents to deliver a nation that we can be proud of.
To my fellow candidates, former VP Atiku, former governor Kwankwaso, former governor Obi and all others, I extend the hand of friendship. This was a competitive, high-spirited campaign.
You have my utmost respect.
Political competition must now give way to political conciliation and inclusive governance.
During the election, you may have been my opponent but you were never my enemy. In my heart, you are my brothers.
Still, I know some candidates will be hard put to accept the election results. It is your right to seek legal recourse. What is neither right nor defensible is for anybody to resort to violence. Any challenge to the electoral outcome should be made in a court of law, and not in the streets.
I also ask my supporters to let peace reign and tensions fade. We ran a principled, peaceful and progressive campaign. The aftermath of our campaign must be as benign.
Yes, there are divisions amongst us that should not exist. Many people are uncertain, angry and hurt; I reach out to every one of you. Let the better aspects of our humanity step forward at this fateful moment. Let us begin to heal and bring calm to our nation.
Now, to you, the young people of this country, I hear you loud and clear. I understand your pains, your yearnings for good governance, a functional economy and a safe nation that protects you and your future.
I am aware that for many of you, Nigeria has become a place of abiding challenges, limiting your ability to see a bright future for yourselves.
Remodelling our precious national home requires the harmonious efforts of all of us, especially the youth. Working together, we shall move this nation as never before.
My running mate, Vice President-elect Shettima, and I understand the challenges ahead. More importantly, we also understand and deeply value the talent and innate goodness of you, the Nigerian people. We pledge to listen and to do the difficult things, the big deeds, that put us on the path of irreversible progress. Hold us firmly to account, but please give us a chance first.
Together, we shall build a brighter and more productive society for today, tomorrow and for years to come.
Today, you have given me the greatest honour you can bestow on one man.
In return, I will give you my utmost as your next President and Commander-in-chief. Peace, unity and prosperity shall be the cornerstones of the society we intend to build. When you gaze upon what we shall accomplish in the coming years, you shall speak with pride at being a Nigerian.
I thank you all.
God bless you all.
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
November 11: Shettima Flags Off APC Campaign In Kogi
Vice President, Kashim Shettima on Sunday flagged off the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign for the governorship election in Kogi State ahead of November 11.
Naija News reports that Kashim Shettima, who represented his principal, President Bola Tinubu, flagged off the campaign at a mega rally held at the Muhammadu Buhari Civic Centre, Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.
At the rally, the VP appealed to the state’s people to vote for the APC candidate, Ahmed Ododo.
He said the election of Ododo would enhance the revival process of the Ajaokuta Steel Company as it was essential to the president.
He said, “This is the reason the President has created a separate ministry and even decided to appoint Kogi-born Alhaji Shuaib Audu as the Minister of Steel Development to hasten the process of reviving the Ajaokuta Steel Company and other steel companies in the country.
“This is why you must vote for the APC for continuity so that the dream of reviving our steel industry would be a reality. Ajaokuta, when fully operational, will guarantee over 500,000 jobs and over 300,000 employment opportunities for our teaming youths,”
Ododo, during his remark, said, “Kogi should not be allowed to be governed by selfish individuals, who are coming out to divide the state and hide under ethnic agenda.”
In attendance at the rally includes the APC National Chairman, Abdullahi Ganduje, Governor Yahaya Bello, Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, the APC governorship candidate in Kogi, Ahmed Ododo, among other APC stalwarts
2023 Election: List Of State Governors Tribunal May Sack
Governorship elections were held in 28 states of the federation during the 2023 general elections held on March 18.
Following the declaration of results and winners by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), other contestants and parties aggrieved by the declared results have gone to the tribunal to seek redress.
Naija News understands the various state governorship election tribunals have given their verdicts in 20 out of the 28 states where elections were held.
Out of the 20 where verdicts have been given so far, the electoral victory of 18 governors have been affirmed, while the tribunals have sacked Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State and Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State.
However, the fate of the other eight must be declared before the end of October as according to the 2022 electoral act, tribunals are mandated to hear and give their verdicts within 180 days.
The tribunal would either sack them from office or affirm their victories.
Below is the list of Governors and States awaiting the verdict of the tribunal on their election victories.
1. Governor Alex Otti of Abia State
The Abia State governorship election petition tribunal has fixed Friday, October 6, to deliver its verdict on the fate of the Labour Party governor based on the petition against him by the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Chief Ikechi Emenike.
2. Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State
Umar Alkali of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), is seeking a court order for a fresh election in the state over omitting their names on the ballot papers during the poll.
3. Governor Umar Namadi Danmodi of Jigawa State
4. Governor Dikko Umar Radda of Katsina State
5. Governor Nasir Idris of Kebbi State
6. Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State
7. Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State
8. Governor Mohammed Umar Bago of Niger State
Certificate Forgers Can’t Do Things Right – Peter Obi insist
Peter Obi, the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the last election has slammed certificate forgers.
This followed the battle between Atiku Abubakar and President Bola Tinubu over accusations of forging a certificate.
Reacting, Obi said some Nigerians should not expect people who forged their certificates to do things right.
Obi who spoke on Monday while featuring on the Arise TV program, explained that leaders who manipulated their academic records via certificate forgery before their election into offices are living a falsified life.
The former Anambra governor who opined that academic qualifications should not be criteria for leadership positions, however, said leaders should be honest about their status
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