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Jonathan Welcomes Judgement Confirming His Presidential Victory

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SAN FRANCISCO, December 28, (THEWILL) - A statement signed by Reuben Abati, President Goodluck Jonathan’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, said, President Jonathan welcomes the unanimous confirmation by the Supreme Court of Nigeria of his victory in the April, 2011 Presidential elections.

“The President applauds the ruling by seven justices of the court which puts a final seal of approval on his victory which was already acknowledged by the vast majority of ordinary Nigerians, political parties and the international community.

“He also commends the presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), General Muhammadu Buhari for availing himself of the country’s legal and judicial system in expressing his reservations about the conduct of the elections.

“Now that that process has run its full course, President Jonathan hopes that General Buhari and his party will accept the ruling of the esteemed Judges of the Supreme Court in good faith and join hands with him and other well-meaning Nigerians to build a united, stronger and prosperous nation that present and future generations of Nigerians can be proud of.

“He expects that General Buhari will continue to contribute positively to national development and also mobilize his supporters across the country to join in the process of national reconciliation and national renaissance.

“President Jonathan thanks all Nigerians once again for their trust and confidence which gave the Jonathan/Sambo ticket an overwhelming victory in the elections.

“He assures the nation that the federal government, under his leadership, will remain fully focused on its objectives and continue to work assiduously to implement its agenda for national transformation in fulfillment of his promise of better living conditions for all Nigerians,” the statement added.