President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta as Kenya's President-Elect while urging him to rededicate himself to carrying forward the process of national healing and reconciliation.
A statement by the special adviser to the president on Media and Publicity yesterday said President Jonathan called on the Kenyan President-Elect to do his utmost best to foster greater peace, unity and progress in the country by forming a truly national administration that will meet the yearnings and aspirations of all Kenyans, including his opponents and their supporters.
"President Jonathan applauds the call by Mr. Kenyatta's closest rival for the Presidency, Prime Minister Raila Odinga for his supporters to remain calm and eschew violence protests while he takes his complaints about the election results to the Kenyan Supreme Court.
"The President also welcomes Mr. Odinga's expression of confidence in the court and his pledge to adhere to the rule of law and accept the court's verdict on the elections in good faith," the statement added.
He commended the ordinary people of Kenya who showed their undying faith in democratic governance by turning out in their millions to set a new voter turn-out record of 86 per cent in Monday's elections.
He assured them of the best wishes of the Government and people of Nigeria.
Uhuru won the hotly contested race with 6,173,433 votes, which accounted for 50.07% of all cast votes, passing the constitutional requirements for him to be declared the winner of the race. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officially declared Uhuru Kenyatta the president elect on Saturday March 9th. Uhuru was set to take office as Kenya's 4th president 26 March, 2013.