A non-governmental organisation devoted to good governance and accountability, Information for Democracy and Development, has welcomed the outcome of the March 28 presidential election won by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Major Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd).
The group in a statement signed by Joshua Yahaya, its research consultant, made available to newsmen yesterday in Jos, also said it was happy that the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat even before the announcement of the results of the election.
“This singular show of statesmanship saved Nigeria from the predictions of prophets of doom from coming through.”
The statement reads in part: “We are particularly glad that the results of the election was also accepted by all spectrum of the society, irrespective of tribe or religion as representing the collective will and aspirations of the people.
“This is because Buhari was voted into power by the collective votes of all Nigerians.
“We congratulate Gen. Mohammadu Buhari, the APC and indeed all Nigerians on this historic and epic history.
“We also extend kudos to President Jonathan for his magnanimous show of statesmanship in accepting defeat and saving Nigeria from chaos, anarchy and doom.”
The statement however said “certain development since this heroic victory of APC, especially in Plateau state, do not give cause for cheers. Since the last election, some certain elements in Jos North LGA of the state are beginning to give the impression that it was only a particular segment that voted for APC and therefore have been making a lot of remarks, insinuations and innuendos which are threatening the peace and stability of the state.
“Some of the remarks are giving a lot of residents in the state a lot of cause to worry. Some of these elements in their celebrations have also been brandishing all sorts of weapons and riding their bikes aimlessly to provoke and intimidate other people.
“The group also said “Just last Friday, they closed the streets in Ahmadu Bello Way blaring loud speakers and harassing everybody.
“IDD is beginning to think that if the situation is like this as APC had won at the centre, what would it be if the party wins at the state.
“The history of crises on the Plateau is well known to all and sundry and we cannot afford a repeat.
“While calling on all Nigerians to vote wisely and resist all acts of intimidation, IDD is also calling on all Nigerians not to be cowed but to exhibit the resilience and patriotism they showed on March 28 in the forthcoming general elections.”
The group also said it was looking forward to a peaceful governorship election on April 11.

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