Wide spread jubilation in Ibadan
Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, on Tuesday erupted in jubilation as the people trooped to the streets, celebrating the victory of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhamadu Buhari (retd.), in Saturday’s election. Also, the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has congratulated Buhari for his victory in the election. Ibadan residents trooped to the streets after it was clear that with the results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, the APC candidate had emerged winner of the election. Huge fireworks were let off on the streets of Ibadan as youths expressed their joy over Buhari’s victory. The jubilation was louder in the Sabo area of the city, populated in the main by the Hausa/Fulani community. Elsewhere in the city, traders, drivers and commercial motorcycle operators hooted their horns while artisans and others trooped to the streets, especially in the densely populated areas of Orita Merin, Oje and Mokola.
In his message to Buhari, Ajimobi said with the victory, Nigeria would be a better place with improved economy and image. He said, “The victory of General Buhari will enrich the Nigerian democratic process. With it, rarely will any Nigerian leader take the people for granted as they can indeed speak with their votes. It is a victory that throws up no victor and no vanquished. “If there was any victor, it was Nigeria and her people. With a personal discipline that he is bringing to the office, Buhari holds the hope that the tomorrow of Nigeria will be better.” A chieftain of the APC and son of the late Pa Adekunle Ajasin, Tokunbo, said Nigeria had been offered another opportunity to correct the wrongs of the past. He said, “We thank God that it went well. For the first time in the history of this nation, an incumbent was defeated by the power of the peoples’ votes. It shows that a lot of good things are possible in Nigeria. It shows that our democracy is maturing. I want to congratulate Buhari for his victory. “We hope that we will get the change that we have been calling for after 16 years. We now have a new opportunity to rebuild our country. I call on President Goodluck Jonathan to accept the defeat and return home.”
Also, the President of the Nigeria Voters Assembly, Mashood Erubami, said Nigerians would be happy that their votes counted in a difficult period.
“We are deeply happy to see the process of the presidential election through to victory. The election outcome is a manifestation of truth and light over darkness and evil represented by those who have been tormenting Nigerians and setting the agenda for the backwardness of the greatest number of Nigerians to feather their nest.”