Presidential Candidate of People’s Trust (PT), Mr Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim on Wednesday congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his victory in the February 23 election.
Olawepo- Hashim, in a statement released in Abuja said that the President must, however, address lapses noticed during the elections.
The PT candidate Olawepo- Hashim noted that not a few gaps including card reader failures, thump printing of ballot papers, allocation of results, violence and killing plagued the polls, but he added that he was congratulating the declared winner for the greater good, peace and progress of the nation.
He added that his decision to congratulate the President was borne out of respect for the peace accord, which all the aspirants signed.
He expressed his gratitude to the team of supporters whom he said broke the bandwagon and showed loyalty to him, making him one of the frontrunners beyond the dominant party candidates.
The statement read: “I am particularly thankful to the people of Yauri Emirate and Zuru in Kebbi State who spoke through their votes that family ties cannot be easily broken by politics. While the APC and PDP remained the dominant parties in Kebbi State, the great people of Kebbi State showed loyalty to the bloodline by making sure that People’s Trust emerged third in most of the State. I continued to receive calls of support and solidarity from titleholders in the emirates and village heads who continued to say to me, ‘I hope you saw our hand?’. I saw their hands. The votes were many, not the 96 votes declared by Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of INEC.”
He also noted that his party went around the country in the campaign season and that he was one of the few alternative candidates to the two dominant parties in the APC and PDP, who organized rallies and engaged in commercial advertising both on the print and the electronic media right to the last day of campaigning.
Their messages, according to him were clear that Nigeria can indeed build a US$4 trillion economy within 10 years, and that the country can be united and secured, besides the ability to employ youths by creating 4 million jobs per year and paying workers a living wage of not less than N50,000.
According: “We passed a strong message that a ‘new and better Nigeria is possible’. Now the election has been won and lost. It is my duty, as a matter of honour as all contestants signed an accord to keep the peace and congratulate the winner. I, therefore, offer my felicitation to the winner of the 2019 Presidential election, President Mohammad Buhari. I pray for God’s guidance for him and wisdom as he steers the ship of State further in the next four years.”