The National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) Renewal Group has advised opposition parties agitating against the declaration of Senator Bola Tinubu as President-elect to perish the thought of upturning his victory.
In a statement issued on Saturday in Ado-Ekiti, the group described Tinubu’s emergence as president-elect as the best that had ever happened to Nigeria in recent times.
Its National Leader, Prof. Atilade Adeeyo, described the action of the Labour Party (LP) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to upturn Tinubu’s victory through the tribunal as an exercise in futility.
He said efforts by the two runners-up at the presidential election of February 25, Mr. Peter Obi of the LP and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the PDP, challenging Tinubu’s victory, would not yield any positive result.
He advised the duo to accept defeat honourably so the country could advance.
Adeeyo described Tinubu as a strategic and patriotic leader whose strong political structure spread across the country’s six geo-political zones.
He said Tinubu won the elections partly because “he is a beautiful bride that all Nigerians love.
“President-elect Senator Tinubu has an impressive track record as a patriotic leader.
“He displayed this uncommon leadership trait when he served as the governor of Lagos State.
“He deployed competence and enduring capacities of a pan-Nigeria cabinet in his government to achieve giant strides in Lagos State, and we all are witnesses to the awesome development that state has got,’’ he said.
Adeeyo said that most patriotic Nigerians love Tinubu because he is a builder of men, not one who pulls others down.
“This is why Nigerians will experience the best of governance under his watch as president.
“We can also assure our teeming youths to be rest assured that Tinubu will ensure that their yearnings for a greater future are taken care of when he mounts the saddle of power.
“We are standing up for our nation, and Nigeria will work again. The families of those that died in the post-annulment of the 1993 presidential election will wish the annulment never happened.
“I speak for thousands of members in the NADECO Renewal Group and urge Nigerians to allow peace to reign so that we can enjoy the renewed hope promised by the president-elect,’’ Adeeyo stressed.