Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Sultan, Ooni, Others Visit Buhari, Say President’s Re-Election Ordained By God

The National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria on Tuesday congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election.

The National Chairman of the Council and the Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar III, made this position known when leaders of the Council visited Mr Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said the re-election of the president for another four-year term should be seen as what Almighty God had ordained and should not be challenged by anyone.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on February 27 declared the president winner of the 2019 presidential election held on February 23.

Mr Buhari was declared re-elected having polled 15,191,847 votes, winning in 19 states, to defeat 72 other candidates, including Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 11, 255,978 votes.

However, Mr Abubakar, who won in 17 states and the FCT to occupy the second position, insisted that he would challenge the result of the election in court.

But the Sultan described the result of the election as the will of the Almighty God.

He said: “Your election as president for the second tenure should be seen as what God has destined which no man could have changed that destiny.

“This result is the will of the Almighty God and therefore we call on all to give you maximum support for the achievement of peace, development and progress of our dear nation.’’

The traditional ruler urged the president to reciprocate the gesture of the electorate by making sure that his administration continued to ensure justice and fairness in all its dealings with Nigerians irrespective of their geo-political backgrounds.