The ruling party is not losing an opportunity to score its own goal.
Celebrations erupted in Nigerian cities after Sunday’s epic clash that saw Nigeria’s Super Eagles defeat the Elephants of Cote’d Ivoire to book a place in the 2013 African Nations cup semi finals.
Football fans trooped to major streets, celebrating the win, with motorists and commercial motorcyclists, known as Okada riders, blaring horns in signs of joy of the victory.
In Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, fans, joined by jubilant okada operators and motorists, filled some streets, our correspondent says.
Fans who watched the match at beer parlours and restaurants, continued with the celebration after the game, drinking and eating.
The ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, seized the moment with a statement describing victory over as an indication the nation “surmount all our problems.”
The party’s spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, said the PDP was overjoyed, and viewed the win as an indication Nigeria was coming out of the woods in all spheres of life, since Cote d’Ivoire had remained Nigeria’s nemesis in the past.
“The victory of the Super Eagles is a good omen. It is a sign of good things to come. The PDP sees it as a sign of a new beginning. It shows that we, as a nation can surmount all our problems. It is an indication that there is nothing impossible and that collectively we will overcome all the challenges we are facing as a nation. We will surmount all of them the way we surmounted the Elephants”, Mr. Metuh said for the party.