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PT Candidate Olawepo-Hashim Congratulates Buhari, Asks Him To Address Lapses




Presidential Candidate of People’s Trust (PT), Mr. Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim has congratulated the candidate of the All Progress Congress (APC), President Mohammadu Buhari on his declaration as the winner of last Saturday’s presidential election, however calling on him to be mindful of numerous lapses identified in the electioneering process.

Olawepo-Hashim who ran a campaign harping on issues and preferring solutions to them, stressed that not a few gaps including card reader failures, thump printing of ballot papers, allocation of results, violence and killing plagued the polls, but he is congratulating the declared winner for the greater good, peace and progress of the nation and also in compliance with the peace accord, which all the aspirants signed.

He said: “I am particularly thankful to the people of Yauri Emirate and Zuru in Kebbi State who spoke through their votes that family ties cannot be easily broken by politics. While the APC and PDP remained the dominant parties in Kebbi State, the great people of Kebbi State showed loyalty to the bloodline by making sure that People’s Trust emerged third in most of the State. I continued to receive calls of support and solidarity from titleholders in the emirates and village heads who continued to say to me, ‘I hope you saw our hand?’. I saw their hands. The votes were many, not the 96 votes declared by Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of INEC”

According to the business mogul turned politician: “We passed a strong message that a ‘new and better Nigeria is possible’. Now the election has been won and lost. It is my duty, as a matter of honour as all contestants signed an accord to keep the peace and congratulate the winner. I therefore offer my felicitation to the winner of the 2019 Presidential election, President Mohammad Buhari. I pray for God’s guidance for him and wisdom as he steers the ship of State further in the next four years”

He explained that the nation cannot pretend everything has been smooth in the processes leading to the election and the election itself. Some of the ugly realities are assignments for political leaders and the entire citizenry to fixin the immediate future with a view to resolving them so as to building a stronger democracy, a more united and prosperous Nigeria.

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