Election: NLC congratulates Buhari, urges Atiku, others to accept result


The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari over his victory at the Saturday’s poll.
The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, made this known in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja.
Wabba said Buhari is the second person to get re-elected since the return to civilian rule in 1999.
“We also wish to congratulate other candidates for their participation and urge them to accept the outcome of the election, and adherence to the peace accord they signed before the election.
“The electioneering campaign although bitterly fought and the election itself keenly contested, we urge the president-elect and any aggrieved party to put first the interest of the nation.
“We reiterate that no candidate’s victory or loss is worth the life or property of anyone.
“Mr President won in 2015 on his campaign promise to fight corruption, restore security and grow the economy. From his re-election, this may have boded well with the greater majority of the people who voted for him.
Nonetheless, his re-election avails him a great opportunity to reflect on and reassess this vision, strategy and implementation as well as enables him to complete pending projects and initiate new ones where feasible,” he said.
According to him, the NLC on its part would work with the social partners, government and organised private sector to ensure Nigerians, especially, workers get dividends of democracy as at when due.
“Workers-pensioner-issues, especially salaries, pensions and welfare will continue to dominate our engagement with government.
“We commend INEC for organising the election in spite of the initial glitches. It should speedily correct the lapses identified so far in order for it to conduct more credible elections in the future.
“Finally, our most profound commendation goes to the millions of Nigerians who defied all odds to perform their civic duty.
“Similarly, our deep condolences go to the families of those who lost their lives. We demand that the culprits be brought to book in accordance with our laws,”he said.

…African leaders celebrate Buhari

African leaders have sent congratulatory messages to President Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election.
King Mohammed VI of the Kingdom of Morocco described Buhari’s victory as an affirmation of the level of confidence Nigerians have in their president and promised to work with him to advance the interests of both countries.
“Your re-election is a testimony to the level of confidence that you enjoy among the people of Nigeria, attributable to your wisdom, experience in politics, sense of engagement and devotion to the service and the protection of the interests of the country especially as they relate to the prosperity, wellbeing and security of your people,” King Mohammed VI said.
The monarch expressed satisfaction with the existing cordial and fraternal African relationship linking the two leaders, their people, and nations.
He reiterated his determination to work in concert with President Buhari to reinforce the mutually beneficial relationship between Morocco and Nigeria and to give it a new impetus to serve as a model on the African continent.
Similarly, President Alpha Omar Conde of Guinea described the re-election of Buhari as a dose of hope for the West African region.
He expressed confidence that the cordial relations between Nigeria and Guinea will continue to get better.
Earlier, President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, who was the first leader to call President Buhari minutes after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared him winner of the 2019 presidential elections, said he looked forward to working with the Nigerian leader to further strengthen Nigeria-Niger relations.
President Buhari also received congratulatory messages from Presidents Nana Koffi-Addo of Ghana and Macky Sall of Senegal.

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