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Finally, Atiku Congratulates Jonathan

30 Apr 2011

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

By Yemi Adebowale

At last, former vice-president Atiku Abubakar has congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan on his recent election as President, asking him to use the opportunity of his victory to unite the country.

Also, Atiku  who battled Jonathan at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primary election congratulated all elected state governors, senators, House of Representatives members and members of the state houses of assembly particularly those of his party, PDP.

In a statement issued yesterday by his media office in Abuja, the former vice-president  said with the successful conclusion of this year's general election, "all elected leaders and fellow countrymen should get to work in earnest to deliver the much-needed democratic dividends to Nigerians."

He said all those who may have any reservations with the outcome of the elections should avail themselves with laid down judicial processes in seeking redress and not to resort to acts that may be inimical to national unity and stability.
Atiku urged President Jonathan to use the opportunity of his election to unite the country, saying that should be his immediate challenge as President-elect.

In view of the post-election violence that greeted the election in some parts of the North, Atiku advised Jonathan to begin an urgent healing process in the entire country and within the PDP family as well.

He said with the challenges of improving the quality of life of Nigerians, the President has a duty to heal the deep divisions and wounded feelings, which may be needless distractions to the challenges of governance that lies ahead.
According to Atiku, the future and unity of a nation should be uppermost in the mind of every statesman.
While extending his hands of fellowship to President Jonathan, the former vice-president advised him to carry every section of the country along regardless of how they may have voted during the elections.
He explained that partisan politics ends with the election of leaders and that the next challenge should focus on how to uplift the welfare of Nigerians.

"It is no longer news that President Jonathan and our camp differed on matters of principle. But let no one be in doubt about our resolve to work together with him in the arduous task of economic development and nation building," Atiku said.
The congratulatory message is coming over a week after the former military president, Gen-eral Ibrahim Babangida, congratulated Jonathan as the President elect.

Also, the international community had congratulated Jonathan for the election, saying the April poll was free and fair, eventhough it may not be perfect.

Both Atiku and Babangida are members of the Northern Politicians Elders Forum, which worked to present a consensus presidential candidate to confront Jonathan at the PDP presidential primary on January 13 in Abuja.
Atiku had emerged as the Northern consensus candidate but Jonathan defeated him at the PDP primary.

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  • People, beware of Atiku, he is a camelon. Before accepting his "congratulatory" message, Nigerian have to know if he had a hand in the recent attempt to make Nigeria "ungovernable" through the recent mayhem in the North. Vice President Sambo has recently promised to deal with all those associated with the crisis. Atiku, if you had no hand in the crisis and therefore do not have anything to hide, then your message is would be accepted. Otherwise, expect to be punished for judegement has come to all those who tamper with peaceful change through their evil ways

    From: Fresh Air

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • This is most graceful as coming from Atiku Abubakar and to be emulated by all.please Imo State learn from this

    From: emeka

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • That is a good one thank God that Atiku congratulates Mr president that is what i expected from Buhari and co instead of threatening to go to court Nigerian democracy is improving,this congratulatory will create a conducive environment for the president that he still have people behind him. let the rest learn from him

    From: kwarau lauyende

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  • That is what is expected of a truly statesman. Reuniting Nigerians is also a function of Nigerians' sincere willingness to be united. Anyway, the Turaki has spoken. Hear him my brothers up north.

    From: Nwayo Nwayo

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Atiku, you are a useless man;Your goodwill message and advice is not needed cos it came in rather too late and if I were You, i would have kept my peace.GEJ will be fine without you. You said you are a statesman?, check Prof Soyinka's condemnation of post election violence and work on yours before you assume statesman. Prof and other selfless people of Nigeria haave offered constructive advice to president GEJ. Our God and security forces are watching everyone, no more business as usual,mark my word!

    From: Obinna

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  • After you have caused a lot of havoc with your group in the north.too late....mr atiku

    From: henry

    Posted: 3 years ago

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