A Frontline civil society organization which monitored the recently concluded 2019 Presidential election, the Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) has congratulated and commended Nigerians for their peaceful and orderly conduct in the 2019 Presidential election and which has produced a winner as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in person of incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
CPPM via a press statement by it’s national coordinator Nelson Ekujumi, stated that it “Joins millions of Nigerians and lovers of democracy worldwide to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election which is a true reflection of the will of the people as expressed at the polls across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th February, 2019”.
The group described President Muhammadu Buhari re-election in the 2019 Presidential election as a victory for the teeming Nigeria masses who have once again reaffirmed their hope and trust in Nigeria’s democracy and in his leadership qualities, which is highly commendable.
While congratulating President Muhammadu Buhari on his well deserved re-election which is a reaffirmation of the confidence and trust of Nigerians in his capacity and capabilities to take Nigeria to the Next Level of peace, development and prosperity, the group charged Mr. President whose dedication to pursuing the collective interest of Nigerians is not in doubt, to rededicate himself to the service of the people and urge him to be magnanimous in victory, just as it admonished the losers to be gallant in defeat and rally round the winner for the greater national interest.
The Committee also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a job well done in the face of intimidation, assault, physical and psychological attacks on the commission and it’s personnel in the discharge of their constitutional responsibility.
The group specially thanked INEC for the discharge of it’s constitutional functions in a professional and impartial manner in the face of relentless and orchestrated campaign of blackmail and calumny by conducting a free, fair and credible 2019 Presidential elections and which has been applauded by local and international observers as being in line with global best practices.
However, the group called on INEC to immediately carry out a review of it’s activities in the conduct of the recently concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections in order to identify cause(s) of observed lapses with a view to correcting them before the conduct of the March 9, 2019 Gubernatorial and States houses of assemblies election.
CPPM commended the security agencies for their professionalism, impartiality and diligence in the discharge of their constitutional duties which contributed in no small measure to the success of the election, even in the face of unprovoked attacks and campaign of calumny by anti democratic elements, while urging them to raise their game in the remaining elections.
The local and international observers were also mentioned for commendation for their painstaking and meticulous observation of the conduct of the election of which their reports is already coming out objectively in the assessment of the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections as free, fair and credible.
The losing political parties and candidates were equally enjoined to be sportsmanlike in reaction to the outcome of the election by adopting the civilized means of engagement in seeking redress for their grievances.
Conclusively, CPPM described the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections as generally peaceful, free, fair and credible even though there were observed lapses which it believed are not substantial enough to taint the integrity of the election, just as it urged the stakeholders, most especially the electorate to come out enmasse on March 9th, 2019 to vote for candidates of their choice.
Long live our democracy,Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Nelson Ekujumi,National Coordinator,Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM)