The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association, PENGASSAN, on Friday, congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his reelection into office.
This was contained in a statement signed by Comrade Francis Olabode Johnson, President of PENGASSAN; Comrade (PRINCE) Williams Akporeha President of NUPENG; Comrade,Lumunba Okugbawa, General Secretary of PENGASSAN and Comrade Afolabi OLawale Ag. General Secretary of NUPENG.
Buhari, who polled 15,191,847 votes, had beat his closest rival, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who got 11,255,978 votes.
Recall that Atiku had said if he won the presidential election, he will privatize the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, a statement that had sparked reactions.
However, the union, in the statement, said now that Buhari has been reelected, the focus should now be on the rehabilitation of our “refineries as being exhibited by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC Management and Staff so as to reinforce and consolidate on the gains of all wonderful socio/economic and political initiatives, policies and programmes in the interest of Nigerian masses.”
The statement read, “On behalf of the entire members of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) we wish to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR on his re-election as the President and Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the February 23rd presidential elections for another term of four years.
“We commend the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and the electorate as adjudged by independent observers, both foreign and local on the peaceful, fair and very transparent overwhelming endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari by the Nigerian people as a testimony to the belief, confidence and faith the vast majority of Nigerians have in the personality, integrity, forthrightness and character of the President in placing the larger interests of the Nigerian nation above selfish and primordial sentiments.
“We also use this opportunity to congratulate the people of Nigeria for exercising their civic right to vote and for making a historic step towards the consolidation of democracy and deepening its virtues in the country.
“In the same spirit, we urge all contestants and politicians in the country to imbibe and demonstrate good spirit of sportsmanship in the overall interest of our country, by being magnanimous in victory through hands of fellowship to others and gracious in defeat by accepting the outcome of the election without creating further crisis through any means so as to engender confidence and stability for the growth and development of our country.
“NUPENG and PENGASSAN will also not renege in continuing to cooperate and work assiduously with the administration of President Buhari’s government during his second term in his determined efforts to diversify our economy and optimally rehabilitate our refineries as being exhibited by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC Management and Staff so as to reinforce and consolidate on the gains of all wonderful socio/economic and political initiatives, policies and programmes in the interest of Nigerian masses.
“It is our hope that the positive trends that we have observed during this election will be sustained and further improved during future elections for an enduring political stability of our country.
“Solidarity forever. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”