He said that Jonathan had set a benchmark in Africa by accepting defeat before the final result was announced and congratulated his opponent. “We hope that APC will sustain the democratic dividends created by the PDP for the good of the country and the citizens at large,” he said. Another resident, Mr Ugochukwu Ubosi, a businessman said that Nigeria’s democracy was on the right track and expressed the hope that APC would sustain the tempo.
The nation’s service chiefs also on Wednesday visited President Goodluck Jonathan, a day after he lost his re-election bid.
Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos on Monday urged residents to remain calm as they await official release of the March 28 Presidential and National Assembly elections results.
National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Olisa Metuh
- Urges members to shun violence
Chuks Okocha in Abuja
The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday reacted to the release of the presidential elections results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), claiming that it was leading by the highest votes cast.
PDP also said it is satisfied with the performance of the party at the Saturday presidential election.
According to PDP, “On account of result released so far, we congratulate our president.
“We are not interested in who won in the states but 25 percent recorded in the states” it said.
The party explained that it had refrained from making comments but consequent upon the INEC announcement of results, which commenced yesterday in the afternoon, “it is appropriate to talk.”
The party also said it was sure that President Goodluck Jonathan would score more than 25 per cent in the two third of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
Addressing journalists on the outcome of the presidential results so far released by INEC, the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Olisa Metuh, said: “ What matters is not the number of states won but the highest majority votes won and the ability to score the mandatory 25 per cent in two third of the states of the federation.”
He explained that in the votes score from the presidential results released that the PDP was leading in the majority votes score, saying, “to us this is what matters.”
He assured members of the party not to panic because from field reports, the party was already coasting home to victory.
The PDP spokesman appealed to members as law abiding party members that they should shun any act of protest, stressing that anyone advocating violence should put his children in the fore front.
It was gathered that the estimation of the PDP that Buhari might not make the mandatory 25 per cent in the whole of South-east and South-south and the party is expecting a heavy return from the South-south and South-east to counter the huge votes cast from the far northern states