Ghana’s opposition leader Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has congratulated president-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria General Muhammadu Buhari over his victory in the recently held polls.
“I join well-wishers in the rest of Africa and across the world to extend warm congratulations to the APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, on his decisive victory in the March 28, 29 Nigerian presidential election, thus becoming the next President of the Federal Republic.”
In a statement issued minutes after it became clear that the 72-year-old ex-military leader has won the polls, Nana Addo said the people of Nigeria have shown the way for other African countries as regards democracy.
“This is the first time, in Nigeria’s history, that one democratically elected government has been voted out for another, and that a sitting President has been rejected at the polls.
“This change, after 16 years of the Fourth Republic, should go a long way to enhancing the quality of competitive governance in Nigeria.
“It has reinforced the democratic notion that the people have the power to change governments.”
Though the Independent National Election Commission (Inec) is yet to officially declare the winner of the elections, incumbent Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is said to have called his main challenger to congratulate him.
“President Goodluck Jonathan is to be commended for graciously conceding defeat, thereby laying to rest any lingering suspicion and anxiety about the fate of Nigeria in the aftermath of the elections,” Nana Addo noted.
He said the two leading contenders have shown that politics can be positively competitive in Africa “when conducted on the basis of time-honoured principles of transparency, fairness and equal opportunity.”
Gen Buhari snatched this latest victory after having failed three times in the past.
“I hope that the determination and perseverance shown over the years by General Buhari, evident in this victory, which is his 4th attempt at the Presidency, will result in him bringing his wealth of experience, as a military ruler and subsequently as an acknowledged democrat, to the fore in delivering unity, security, progress and prosperity to the Nigerian people.”
Nana Addo finally called on Gen Buhari to continue the long-held camaraderie Nigerian leaders have had with their Ghanaian counterparts “which has been based on a shared agenda of stability, security, development and prosperity”.
By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana