President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the spirit of sportsmanship displayed by delegates and contestants at the just concluded national convention of the governing All Progressives Congress, APC.
President Buhari made the statement in his closing remarks at the convention, Sunday evening.
He said: “I salute aspirants, who for the common good, had to shelve personal ambition, and stood down for others they were to have contended with. I also salute those who went the whole way, contested, were voted for, and who emerged victorious, or otherwise. Everything was done in an atmosphere of give and take, knowing that in such contest; only one person would ultimately win.”
President Buhari, who congratulated winners at the polls, also urged them to be humble and magnanimous in victory.
“Let the victors be humble in victory, and let those who didn’t win be also gallant and gracious in defeat. We are members of one party, and it is not about winners takes all. Rather, the purpose is to build a party that would put its best foot forward, and serve our country to the best of its ability.
“You were all here through the raw weather that persisted from yesterday till today, but you bore it patiently. You persevered through the night, and deep into another day. Thank you very much,”he said.
The Nigerian leader expressed his belief that the new executives of the party would spur the APC to greater heights and make Nigeria better.
According to him, “At the end of all proceedings, I believe we have put in place an executive that we all can be proud of, one that would lead our party from victory to victory, from progress to progress, and one that Nigerians can be proud of. Together, we will all build a cohesive party that will do our country a world of good. As you all return to your destinations, I pray that God almighty will take you safely home.”
The President again, thanked the immediate past executives of the party, led by Chief John Odigie Oyegun, for their selfless service to the party, and urged them to always lend the wisdom of their experience to the new executive members.