Ondo state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has called on Nigerians to join good people in the country and friends and well wishers from all over the world to celebrate the seamless transfer of power to a new set of elected leaders.
Akeredolu said this in his congratulatory message to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
He stated that all decent people must pay glowing tributes to the commitment of the immediate past president General Muhammadu Buhari for the phenomenal leap towards political stability and economic prosperity of the country.
In his words: “I congratulate the former vice president of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON, and other members of the Federal Executive Council for a successful tenure.
“I am confident that posterity will reserve a worthy mention for their collaborative efforts, which have bequeathed abiding legacies to this country, despite experiencing difficult moments, since assumption of office, till the very last days.
“I congratulate all members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the victory at the last polls.”
Governor Akeredolu who also double as chairman, South-west Governors’ Forum said, “I felicitate the new president, Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu, GCFR, most heartily, for his resilience, equanimity, doggedness and uncommon tenacity to achieve set objectives.
“I congratulate the vice president, Senator Kashim Shettima, GCON, for being a part of the team who will steer the affairs of the country for the next four years.
Adding that he rejoices with the APC for working assiduously and sustaining the momentum until the final victory was won. And congratulate Nigerians for being witnesses to history.
Akeredolu admonishes Nigerians on the need to remain focused on the socio-economic programmes for the emancipation of the people.
He noted that this is not the time to gloat on the electoral victories recorded in the last general elections, adding that it is definitely not a season for recriminations, the rhetoric, which conveys the divisive nuance of “we against them” ought to have ceased with the declaration of the winners by the electoral body.
He added that this is the moment when all the new leaders must cast aside all tendencies which promote and deepen cleavages of different hues and all hands must be on deck.
Akeredolu said the task ahead is so enormous to warrant attending to frivolities capable of distracting the new administration.
There must be conscious attempts to bring on board only those with proven capacity with regard to expertise.
He said: “The president must ensure that all those who are bent on setting Nigerians on one another are neutralised”.
The new administration has its job well defined, the very first being the urgent need to assisting in birthing a new constitutional order which takes into account, keenly, the principles of federalism.”