Posted by Amechi Obiakpu, Lagos | 2 April 2015 | 4,301 times
Director of Media and Publicity, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has said that Jonathan’s loss to Muhammadu Buhari in Saturday’s presidential election is not the end of the world.
According to him, “On the day of the election when I went to vote at Ile-Ife, I held a press conference in which I told the people that more than anything else that we should try our very best to keep the peace in this country and to keep the country moving forward. I also reminded them that in every election there will always be a winner and a loser. It is a mark of our humanity and it is also symptomatic of the type of people that we are and who we are that when the time comes we can say we fought a good fight but we lost.
“And having lost, it does not mean that it is the end to the world, it just means that we need to re-group, re-organise ourselves and begin the process all over again because another election will come in a few years time. And that is where we are today. We have conceded that we have lost. We acknowledge the fact that we fought a good fight. We do not have any fears about the future. We did the right thing during the campaign. We have no regrets about our candidate or the way in which we conducted our campaign and we will live to fight another day.”
Fani-Kayode made the statement in a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, even as he stated that the defeat means that “PDP need to re-group, re-organise ourselves and begin the process all over again because another elections will come in a few years time.”
Fani-Kayode said: “It has however come to a point that we must tell the world and the Nigerian people about how we feel about the outcome of the election. What we will say here today is basically to reiterate and to reflect the words of our leader and President, President Goodluck Jonathan. We start by saying that we commend and we congratulate General Muammadu Buhari for winning this election. We also wish to commend our President, President Goodluck Jonathan, for having the courage to concede that he has lost the election at the earliest moment and also for being able to stand up and rise above party politics and being able to speak like a statesman.”
The erstwhile Minister of Aviation joined thousands of other Nigerians to commend president Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat in March 28 presidential election. He said President Jonathan demonstrated courage by reaching out to president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari having lost the election.
Continuing, he averred that the party fought a virile, strong, aggressive and very effective campaign on behalf of its candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan and put the case to the Nigerian people as to why it believe that he ought to have been elected as President for a second term.
Said Fani-Kayode: “As a Directorate we could not have asked for anything more in terms of support and encouragement from our colleagues and comrades within the party and the Campaign Organisation. I am personally very proud of my team, every single one of them; my Assistant Directors, my officers, my advisory team and every single one of those that joined hands to help us to state our case and to sell our candidate to the Nigerian people.
“We therefore urge the Nigerian people and our teeming supporters to stand firm and continue to support the democratic process and continue to agitate for a better Nigeria. We urge them to continue to support our party the PDP as best as they can even though we lost this election. We ask them to co-operate with the incoming government and to remember that we are first and foremost Nigerians before anything else.
“May God grant each and every one of us peace. May He watch over our nation. May He guide our President for the next two months whilst he is still in power and thereafter and may He guide and lead the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, in the herculean task that lies ahead for him. My prayer is that he brings our nation together, heals the wounds and that he builds the bridges in terms of religion, ethnicity and region that he needs to build in order for us to make Nigeria a better place and to ensure that Nigeria becomes a great country that she is destined to be.”
•Photo shows Fani-Kayode.
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