“Let There Be Solidarity For Sustainable Peace On The Outcome of Presidential Polls”, APC South Africa Chapter

Otunba Oyekanmi Oluwatoyin

The South Africa Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has deemed it fit to address the current state of affairs in Nigeria in the post-election period, as it called for solidarity and to sustain the nascent democratic process of Nigeria with the February 25, 2023 Presidential election. 

The Chapter chairman, Otunba Oyekanmi Oluwatoyin, who is also a member Presidential Campaign Council (PPC) at a town hall meeting to celebrate the victory of the President-Elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu received a letter of appreciation from the PPC for the tremendous contribution of Diaspora body in the just concluded Presidential Polls. 

Otunba Oyekanmi is also the Senior Special Adviser (SSA) to the Coordinator on African matters of Tinubu Support Organization (TSO). 

And at the event, there was a recognition of the APC South Africa chapter and the party structure led by Otunba Oyekanmi, as the sustainable Executive Member, Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) Office of the secretary. 

Otunba Oyekanmi asserted that the declaration of the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, showcased that votes garnered from all regions ensured his victory at the polls. 

“Electorates looked through his track record, his nationwide spread and strength to canvass for votes from the electorates and his overall role in championing the democratic system of governance in Nigeria, and his resilience played a major role since the return to the democratic system of government in the nation,” he said. 

Commenting on the election,  Honourable Oyekanmi, stated that “it is pertinent to recall that, no election process has been free and fair without glitches recorded. Hence, we as a nation, must not jettison the effort of the electoral body to minimize it by ensuring the collation of results was carried out despite the technicalities that were beyond the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), as the electorates used their votes to exercise their franchise. 

“To ensure the party’s victory at the polls, diaspora members were mobilized for the election to vote for the APC presidential polls as they expressed their satisfaction with the conduct of the  Electoral body and electorate, while the South Africa Chapter chairman voted and observed bother the presidential and gubernatorial polls. 

“While the president-elect lost Lagos state being his stronghold to an opposition party other opposition as well lost out with incumbent Governors in Benue, Ebonyi, Abia, and Enugu lost out in their bid for electoral seats in the National Assembly election. 

Through it all, our principal Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was able to amass more votes which made this victory a monumental one despite the stiff opposition from other opponents with at least 25 percent votes carted in States with the most numbers of accredited voters. 

The APC as a political party enjoined other aggrieved opposition to abide by the Peace Accord signed before the election to not cause a bridge of the nation’s peace or cause anarchy by making statements that might cause disharmony, conflict, and violence in the nation by seeking redress on electoral cases/petition at the tribunal to a conclusive end and abide by the court ruling which has been the standard since the return back to democracy in 1999. 

“We as a party urge all Nigerians to abide by the election result by joining hands in solidarity with President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to build a nation we all will be proud of in the comity of nations. A peaceful nation that will guarantee technological advancement, infrastructure, and commerce, and Nigeria will carry on being the big brother and giant of Africa as we have been known.”