Deputy senate president, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has released an official statement congratulating the newly elected president of the United States, Mr Donald Trump.
The statement makes Ekweremadu, a member of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) the first top Nigerian official to congratulate Trump who has just emerged leader of one of Nigeria’s biggest allies.
In the statement signed by his spokesman, Uche Anichikwu, the deputy senate president assured Trump that the PDP would work assiduously with the United States under Trump’s leadership, reports Vanguard
Ekweremadu said that emerging democracies, including Nigeria, must emulate the democratic and transparent nature of the U.S election, noting that the will of the people and respect for democratic principles must be allowed at all times.
The senior opposition lawmaker also took a jab at Nigeria’s current leadership and the electoral commission when he noted that the American election was not inconclusive.
Ekweremadu, who described the election as “hard-fought”, said the two major contestants gave a good account of themselves. He commended the candidate of the Democratic Party, Mrs Hilary Clinton, for calling to concede the presidency to her rival and congratulating him on his hard-worn victory.
He said: “I urge him to work for democracy, global peace and prosperity because the peace and prosperity of America is intrinsic in that of the entire world.
“In particular, I urge better bilateral deals for Nigeria by the incoming Donald Trump presidency. I have no doubt that the people of Nigeria and indeed the Peoples Democratic Party are willing and ready to work with the incoming U.S government for the good of both nations.
“We have many lessons to learn from the American presidential election. It was highly democratic, transparent, peaceful, and free of intimidation, willful manipulations, contrived security scares; and it was absolutely conclusive, even though the ruling party was losing, and eventually lost.”
Meanwhile, contrary to earlier observations that the Nigerian presidency was taking its time to react to Trump’s victory because of the friendly relationship with the outgoing US President Barack Obama whose party lost out at the polls, President Buhari has congratulated the new president-elect of the United States.
It is expected that the foreign affairs ministry will draw up plans for interactions with America’s president-elect.