As the nation awaits the final results of the presidential election, tensions are high between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). If I were Bola Tinubu, who is poised to win the presidency, my acceptance speech would go something like this:
The INEC Chairman and His Patriotic Officials,
Local and International Observers,
Men and Women of the Press
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am grateful for the trust that the Nigerian people have placed in me and the All Progressives Congress (APC) by giving us the mandate to lead this great country. I want to express my deep appreciation to the millions of Nigerians who exercised their democratic right to vote and contributed to this historic moment.
I also want to acknowledge the other candidates who participated in this election, their commitment to the future of Nigeria is a testament to the strength of our democracy and the resilience of our people.
My appreciation goes to President Muhammadu Buhari, the security forces, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for their dedication to ensuring a peaceful, transparent, and credible election. Their contributions have helped to ensure that the votes of all Nigerians were counted and respected, and that our democracy continues to thrive.
As we embark on this new journey, we are aware that the task ahead of us is daunting, but we are confident that with the collective efforts of all Nigerians, we can overcome any challenge. Our party, the APC, has a vision for a united, prosperous, and secure Nigeria, and we will work tirelessly to achieve this vision by strengthening our democratic institutions, promoting peace and security, and providing economic opportunities for all Nigerians.
I extend my hand of friendship to all political parties and urge them to join us in building a strong and united Nigeria. Our country is greater than any individual or party, and only through collaboration and unity can we achieve the progress that our nation deserves.
We will address the challenges facing our country with transparency and accountability. We will work to create a Nigeria that is prosperous, where every citizen has access to quality education, healthcare, and opportunities for economic advancement. We will prioritize security and work to provide a safe and secure environment for all Nigerians.
I am deeply humbled by the trust and confidence that the Nigerian people have placed in me and my party. We will not take this responsibility lightly. We will work tirelessly to meet the needs and aspirations of all Nigerians and build a country that is worthy of our collective hopes and dreams.
Once again, I extend my gratitude to all Nigerians for their participation in this election, and for their continued support as we work towards a better future for our beloved country. I also want to express my appreciation to the international community for their interest in and support of our democratic process.
Together, we will build a Nigeria that is strong, united, and prosperous. My party and I are here with a renewed hope for all Nigerians. Indeed, I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead, and I am ready to begin the work of leading our great nation towards a brighter future.
Thank you and God bless Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Bola Ahmed Tinubu
This opinion is borne out of the writer’s creative imagination.