Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has congratulated president-elect, Gen Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) on his victory in last Saturday’s presidential polls.
The presidential aide who had been one of the most vociferous attackers of Buhari said the election of the All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate is an act of God.
In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Okupe urged members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to despair because Buhari won the presidential polls, even as he expressed hope that the party would return to power soon.
He said, “It has pleased the Almighty God to give victory to General Muhammedu Buhari, the Presidential candidate of the APC and the President elect.
“We accept this as the Will of God and I personally congratulate the General for his success. We have ran a good race and fought a gallant battle. We are bowed but not cowed. We lost the crown but we gained a trophy”.
Urging the PDP family not to despair, Okupe said, “If it took General Buhari 30 years to come back to power, it should take us much less. For the opportunities we have had we give God All the Glory. To millions of our supporters we say thanks To those who are our adversaries, the battle has been fought, and it has been won & lost
“The strife is over for the next four years ONLY. We rejoice with APC and the people of Nigeria on the progress we have jointly made in our democratic journey. For our democracy to endure it is important that the winner clearly emerges while the loser concedes with equanimity. Certainly we will be back. We will overcome this defeat and rise again to power and glory in a twinkle of an eye. God bless Nigeria”.