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Just In: What Atiku Said About Victory of Labour Party in UK

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By Chris Udochukwu

ABUJA – The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 25, 2023 general election in Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has said that the victory of the Labour Party in the United Kingdom election is another testament to the virility of democracy as a functional system for a common cause.

Atiku who stated this while reacting to the outcome of UK election via his X account, also congratulated the Prime Minister of the UK, Sir Keir Starmer. More importantly, he congratulated the people of the United Kingdom for making a choice of leadership that is deemed to be in the interest of the majority of the people.

Precise Post recalls that Britain’s Labour Party swept to power Friday after more than a decade in opposition, as a jaded electorate handed the party a landslide victory. Labour Party Leader Keir Starmer officially became Prime Minister later Friday, leading his party back to government less than five years after it suffered its worst defeat in almost a century.

In the merciless choreography of British politics, he took charge in 10 Downing Street hours after Thursday’s votes were counted as Conservative leader Rishi Sunak hustled out, CBS News said.

“A mandate like this comes with a great responsibility,” Starmer acknowledged in a speech to supporters, saying that the fight to regain people’s trust after years of disillusionment “is the battle that defines our age.”

Speaking as dawn broke in London, he said Labour would offer “the sunlight of hope, pale at first but getting stronger through the day.”

Sunak conceded defeat, saying voters had delivered a “sobering verdict.” Speaking later, outside 10 Downing Street for the last time as the country’s leader, Sunak took personal responsibility for his party’s devastating loss.

“First and foremost, I am sorry,” Sunak said. “I have given this job my all, but you have sent a clear signal that the government of the U.K. must change, and yours is the only judgment that matters. I have heard your anger, your disappointment, and I take responsibility for this loss.”

For Starmer, it’s a massive triumph that will bring huge challenges, as he faces a weary electorate impatient for change against a gloomy backdrop of economic malaise, mounting distrust in institutions and a fraying social fabric.

Nothing has gone well in the last 14 years,” said London voter James Erskine, who was optimistic for change in the hours before polls closed. “I just see this as the potential for a seismic shift, and that’s what I’m hoping for.”

And that’s what Starmer promised, saying “change begins now.”

As thousands of electoral staff tallied millions of ballot papers at counting centers across the country, the Conservatives absorbed the shock of a historic defeat that will leave the depleted party in disarray and likely spark a contest to replace Sunak as leader.
While the result bucks recent rightward electoral shifts in Europe, including in France and Italy, many of those same populist undercurrents flow in Britain. Reform UK leader Nigel Farage has roiled the race with his party’s anti-immigrant “take our country back” sentiment and undercut support for the Conservatives, who already faced dismal prospects.

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