PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari yesterday hosted President-elect Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President-elect Kashim Shettima in his Daura country home, Katsina State.
The duo were in Daura to present their certificates of return to Buhari, who led the All Progressives Congress (APC) to victory in his capacity as chairman of the Presidential Campaign Council (PPC).
They were accompanied by members of the Progressives Governors’ Forum (NGF) and the party’s National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu.
According to a statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, Buhari’s guests were on a “thank you visit” visit to the President after the party’s victory at last Saturday’s presidential election.
The certificates were handed over to them yesterday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja.
Overwhelmed with emotions after seeing the “phenomenal election result,” President Buhari kept repeating, “My Good Lord, My Good Lord,” “Fantastic!
“We are very lucky,” the President uttered as he warmly clasped the hand of the President-elect, “there were no problems. No blood shed, no accidents… we have God Almighty to thank for this.”
The President said he was pleased that the people chose the APC and its candidates, affirming through this, their desire that the momentum of development under the administration continues.
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He commended supporters of the supporters and the PCC for the “historic win,” which he said would never have been possible without discipline, commitment and hard work.
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in an interview, said that as a loyal party man, he came to present the certificate to the President as the party leader and to commend him for his efforts to support democracy in Africa.
He said: “This is the largest democracy in Africa. We could not have done any better. We are lucky, there is no accident and no matter how provocative a defeat is, we have to tolerate it if we are democrats. We have a nation to build.”
With Tinubu and Shettima were Senator Adamu, the founding chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, governors Aminu Masari (Katsina); Mallam Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna); David Umahi (Ebonyi); Bello Matawalle (Zamfara); Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos) and Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa).
Others were Governors Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi); Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger); Simon Lalong (Plateau); Dapo Abiodun (Ogun) and the former bovernors Ali Modu Sheriff (Borno) and Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara).
Also in the team were ministers Sunday Dare (Youth and Sports) and Lai Mohammed (Information, Culture and Tourism); Kashim Imam; Wale Tinubu; Katsina State Deputy Governor Mannir Yakubu and Kaduna State Speaker Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani.