There were jubilant scenes at the home of President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday evening, when the President-elect, Bola Tinubu and the Vice President-elect Senator Kashim Shettima made a triumphant entry into the private residence of the Nigerian leader in Daura, Katsina State, with each of them brandishing his certificate of return.
The certificates are symptomatic of their victory in the presidential election as issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Apparently overcome with a lot of emotions, seeing the phenomenal election result, President Buhari kept repeating, “My Good Lord, My Good Lord,” “Fantastic.”
“We are very lucky,” the President uttered as he warmly clasped the hand of the President-elect, “There were no problems. No blood shed, no accidents. We have God Almighty to thank for this,” President Buhari stated.
He said he was pleased that the people chose the APC and its candidates, affirming through this, their desire that the momentum of development under the administration continues.
The President commended the Party supporters and the Presidential Campaign Council for the “historic win,” which he said would never have been possible without discipline, commitment and hard work.
Bola Tinubu in an interview said that as a loyal party man, he went to present the certificate to the President as the party leader and to commend him for his efforts to support democracy in Africa.
“This is the largest democracy in Africa. We could not have done any better. We are lucky, there is no accident and no matter how provocative a defeat is, we have to tolerate it if we are democrats. We have a nation to build,” he said.
The election winner and his deputy were accompanied to Daura by the Chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Adamu, the founding Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande as well as the Governors of Katsina, Kaduna, Ebonyi, Zamfara, Lagos and Jigawa.
Others were the Governors of Kebbi, Niger, Plateau, Ogun and the former Governors of Borno, Ali Modu Sheriff and that of Zamfara, Abdulaziz Yari.
There were also Ministers of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare and Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.
Also on the entourage were Kashim Imam, Wale Tinubu, the Deputy Governor of Katsina State, Mannir Yakubu and the Speaker of the Parliament of Kaduna state Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani.
It would be recalled that President Mohammadu Buhari had earlier sent a congratulatory message to Bola Ahmed Tiinubu on Wednesday, describing him as the best candidate for the job.
President Buhari described the election process as Africa’s largest democratic exercise; “The election was Africa’s largest democratic exercise. In a region that has undergone backsliding and military coups in recent years, this election demonstrates democracy’s continued relevance and capability to deliver for the people it serves.”
The President-elect promised to work day and night to make Nigeria better as well as to consolidate more on the achievements of President Mohammadu Buhari