According to the report, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged outgoing US President, Donald Trump and other politicians in the US to emulate President Muhammadu Buhari.
The party said events that followed the United States of America’s November 2020 presidential election and President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede defeat as condemnable.
“The events of the past 72 hours in the U.S. are, to say the least, condemnable. Over time, elections in the U.S. had been used as a touchstone for elections in other democracies.
“However, this U.S. election saga strongly underscores the fact that the integrity of the country’s leader essentially complements the workings of these institutions.
According to him, he said “President Muhammadu Buhari contested and lost elections a couple of times and followed the process through to the Supreme Court on all accounts. This is an outstanding credential of a true democrat,’’ .
Upon ultimately gaining electoral victory in 2015, the APC-led administration had carried out fundamental reforms to strengthen institutions.
Nevertheless, he recalled that the APC contested elections; won some, lost some without splitting hairs, adding that at some point, it lost more than five states to the PDP, yet allowed democracy to prevail.
APC had remained resolute in its belief that in every electoral contest, popular will must prevail.
This according to him is a far cry from the days of the do-or-die politics where civilians took control of the security apparatus to subvert the people’s will and determine the outcome of elections.
Sen. John Akpanudoedehe, Secretary of its Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee said the Buhari-led administration had brought about several institutional reforms including granting autonomy to Local Government Councils.
He said the signing into law by President Buhari in May 2020 of the Executive Order No. 10 of 2020 for the implementation of financial autonomy of state legislatures and judiciaries and other related matters was a bold statement on institutional reforms.
“The Petroleum industry reforms particularly the deregulation of the oil and gas downstream sector is also worthy of mention,’’ he stated.
Akpanudoedehe added, “We urge political parties, especially governors to show bi-partisanship in supporting all sectoral reforms being initiated by President Buhari for the benefit of Nigerians,’’.