Accept defeat FG tells Obi & Atiku
Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, urged opposition parties that did not win the 2023 presidential election to concede loss and move on.
Both Peter Obi of the Labour Party, LP, and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, lost the election as a result of overconfidence and complacency, according to Mohammed, who made the demand in a statement in Abuja yesterday.
The Minister stated that Mr. President’s analysis of the factors contributing to the opposition’s defeat in the 2023 elections was unquestionable in the statement that was signed by his Special Assistant (Media), Segun Adeyemi.
“President Buhari deserves only praise for conducting unquestionably the best election in Nigeria’s history,” the statement continued. “The opposition’s tumultuous but predictable response to the President’s comments has exposed them for what they are: shameless sore losers.”The free, fair, and credible election that President Muhammadu Buhari presided over ensured that he lived up to his reputation and cemented his legacy.
“The President would rather lose his state and many of the strongholds of his party than tamper with the integrity of the election, and that is why he provided a level playing field for all parties,”
Apparently intended to deceive their foreign backers and a portion of the international media into uncritically reporting that they were coasting to victory when they were, in fact, heading into the ravine of defeat, the flurry of social media propaganda and faulty and procured opinion polls, according to him, were a large part of the opposition’s overconfidence going into the election.
Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress’s presidential candidate, won the election legitimately and with a majority of the votes cast, exceeding the 25% threshold set forth in the constitution in at least two-thirds of the states in the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, according to Mohammed.
The findings show that none of the opposition parties satisfied any of the requirements set forth for winning the presidential election. Despite their pre-election egotism, they didn’t even come close.
They (the opposition) continue to rely on a few foreign observers to support their flimsy assertion that the election was rigged.They casually overlooked the fact that the APC candidate unquestionably won the polls, according to Ambassador Johnnie Carson, the renowned US diplomat who served as co-leader of the National Democratic Institute and International Republican Institute international election observation mission to Nigeria.
He added that many nations, including the US and the UK, wasted no time in congratulating the victorious APC presidential candidate because of these reports, “They also forgot that the African Union Election Observation Mission to Nigeria said the atmosphere was generally calm and peaceful in 95% of the polling units visited.”
Mohammed slammed the opposition for persistently attempting to deceive the public by clinging to the thin pretense that results were not instantly placed onto the portal, as if the portal had any part to play in the compilation of results.
“It is a deception for the opposition to suggest that the presidential election’s credibility was impacted by the delay in uploading the results to IReV. “The opposition Labour Party, in particular, will go down in the history books as the first-ever distant third-place finisher in a presidential election anywhere to have bold-faced declared victory,” the minister added. “It is an act of extortion and fraud by desperate individuals.