NIGERIANS took to streets yesterday in Ibadan, Lagos, Kano, Niger, Lokoja, Kaduna, Sokoto, Maiduguri and others jubilating from the moment it was confirmed that All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) would be declared as the country’s president-elect.
Men, women, youths and children, in joy, shouted: “Sai Baba, Sai Buhari” as they celebrated.
At Sabo area of Ibadan, residents, most especially northerners, brought out brooms, shouting “Sai Baba”, “Sai Buhari” as motorists had hectic time linking Adamasingba due to gridlock.
Some of the celebrants were on bikes, riding up and down the streets. A cow with the logo of the APC was bought for residents’ entertainment. A disc jockey was on hand to entertain the people.
It was the same story at Challenge, Gate, Iwo-Road, Felele, Ojoo and other areas.
Lagos residents also trooped out in their thousands yesterday night to celebrate the emergence of the APC presidential candidate and his running mate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
The Hausas took over Ketu and Mile 12 axis of Ikorodu road, shouting: “Say Baba, Say Buhari”.
Lining up the two sides of the express road, they carried high the campaign banners of Buhari/Osinbajo and the state APC governorship candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode from Mile 12 market towards Ketu/Ojota shouting: “Sai Baba, Sai Buhari”.
The crowd caused gridlock among vehicles going to Owode/Ikorodu, forcing motorists to chorus the victory slogan.
Some northerners also took to beating drums and playing their traditional flutes as others danced in circles in celebration.
In Kano, it was wide elation, as the news of Gen. Buhari’s victory filtered into town. Youths in their hundreds stormed the streets in celebration.
Some of the youths engaged in acrobatic display with their motorbikes and tricycles, with majority of them waving brooms – the symbol of the APC.
Minna, the Niger State capital, was also enveloped with joy as the youth, party members and supporters rejoiced.
As soon as the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Returning Officer for the presidential election, Prof. Attahiru Jega, adjourned sitting for the collation of result from Borno by 6pm, the youth took to the streets.
In what was like an instantaneous reaction, horn blaring cars and motorcycles with jubilating youths took to the streets, waving brooms and APC flags, Buhari’s banners and posters.
From Chanchaga through Tunga to Mobil, Bosso and Tundu-Fulani, the jubilating teams took over the roads.
At Maitumbi, Saiko, Limawa, Nikangbe, Dutsen Kura, Maikukunle and Kapgunku, youths were seen rejoicing and celebrating.
Thousands of APC supporters also trooped to the streets of Kaduna in wild jubilation.
The supporters, who were on motorcycles, bicycles, Keke NAPEP and cars, carried brooms and started chanting ‘Sai Baba’ and sweeping major Kaduna streets.
Though Kaduna city was very quiet in the early hours of yesterday, at about 4pm, APC supporters stated gathering at major junctions like Ungwar Sarki, Tudun Wada and Ahmadu Bello Way.
As at the time of filing this report, rumour of dusk-to-dawn curfew was going round, but the residents were unconcerned.
In Sokoto, thousands of APC supporters and well-wishers of its presidential candidate yesterday started jubilating the anticipated victory of the candidate before the official announcement by Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega.
The streets of Sokoto, the state capital, were agog with jubilant youths, most of who entertained the crowd with their bikes.
Maiduguri and Emir Yahaya roads were taken over by the youth.
Residents also took to the streets in Lokoja, even as results from Borno State were yet to be officially announced by INEC.
Thousandsof Maiduguri residents also rejoiced before Gen. Buhari was officially declared winner of the election.
Security operatives also joined in the celebration, shooting sporadically in the air and blowing sirens on high speed with their vehicles on the streets of Maiduguri.
In Yobe State, Damaturu, the state capital, also went into wild celebration as APC supporters trooped out to celebrate the victory.
The youth besieged the Damaturu central roundabout and major streets, chanting party slogans.
The Nation gathered that Potiskum, Gashua, Nguru, Geidam and other major towns were also in celebration mood.
Many of the people were happy that their votes counted.
In Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, supporters of APC were not left out.
They brandished brooms, singing and dancing along the major roads in the state capital.
The state APC governorship candidate, Umana Okon Umana, described the victory as a historic moment for Nigeria.
Umana explained that Gen. Buhari has the required skills, experience and capacity to turn Nigeria around economically and politically.
Also, a member of the Board of Trustees of PDP, Don Etiebet, said the victory was as a result of rebellion against the PDP.
Etiebet described President Goodluck Jonathan’s action in congratulating Gen. Buhari victory as a new beginning for the nation’s politics.
Source: The Nation