Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has congratulated the President-elect, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) and the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Bola Tinubu for the victory of the opposition at the March 28 presidential election.
In a statement he issued in Abuja on Saturday, Okupe stated the Presidency under President Goodluck Jonathan fought a good fight.
He said in parts, “Let me congratulate Gen. Mohammadu Buhari on his success at the 2015 presidential polls. I equally congratulate my friend and brother, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, the APC National Leader, and the leaders and members of the APC for this historic success.
“On our part, we have run a good race and fought an intense and unrelenting battle from the beginning to the end. Sometimes in the course of defending our turf, the engagements have been knuckle- breaking and often outrightly vicious.
“The fight and contest for power from time immemorial has always been fierce and intense, it has never been a sport for the Lilly-livered or the faint hearted.”
Okupe added, “President Goodluck Jonathan has done, once again, an unprecedented act in Nigeria. As a sitting President with immense powers at his disposal, he has respected the voice of the people and willingly and freely surrendered power.
“In a magnanimous manner common only amongst true democrats, he accepted defeat and congratulated the winner even while the final collations were still on. President Jonathan, by this singular act, stands shoulder taller than most leaders of his generation and even those before his time.
“This was a character which some of us who were close to him saw and were prepared to serve and support him with all the goodness and virtues God has deposited in us.”

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