The 2019 Polls – One Gone; A prayer for peace

Finally, the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections are now behind us.
The electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, which had shifted the date of the elections from February 16 to 23, declared President Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as the winner, with over 15million votes. He defeated Alhaji Abubakar Atiku of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who polled over 11million votes.
As for the rest of the more than 70 other candidates who vied for the President’s seat, their scores were merely symbolic. As should be expected, the winners have been in joyful mood while the losers are licking their wounds and swearing that they had been clearly robbed of their victory.
However, while claims and counter claims continue from the political parties and their leaders, we must commend the people of Nigeria for the relative calm that has been reported from across the country.
We pray this is sustained and repeated in the State Elections for the Governors and State Assembly members, coming up on Saturday March 9, having also been moved from its original scheduled date of March 2, 2019.
Aggrieved participants in the just-concluded National elections, have clear options open to them: they should accept their lot with equanimity and hope for brighter days ahead, or approach the courts with their evidence to seek redress and remedy.
Resort to violence is absolutely uncalled for as it never solves any dispute.
The next elections for the States Houses of Assembly members and the Governors, are bound to evoke even greater passions and tension than the National.
It is in this wise therefore that we solicit the co-operation of everybody to ensure that peace reigns before, during and after the elections.
All believers should continue in their prayers for peace.
And to the responsible authorities, we demand fairness, sincerity, transparency and, above all, the fear of God to guide them as they plan and execute the elections of Saturday March 2, 2019.