2023: Buhari delivered his promise on credible polls – FG
The Federal Government says President Muhammadu Buhari has
delivered on his pledge to leave behind a legacy of free, fair and credible
elections in the conduct of 2023 polls.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai
Mohammed, stated this in Washington DC during his official engagements with
some international media organisations.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the minister is in
Washington to engage with international media organisations and Think tanks on
the just-concluded 2023 polls.
NAN also reports that the minister has so far engaged
respectively with the “Washington Post”, Voice of America, Associated Press and
Foreign Policy Magazine.
The minister said in fulfilment of the President’s pledge to
restore sanity into the electoral process, he resolved that he would not confer
special advantage on any political party, including the ruling All Progressives
Congress (APC) during the election.
He said during the past elections, the President ensured
that nobody used the security agencies to rig the election in his favour but
created a level-playing ground for the elections to take place.
“A proof of this resolution is that the President’s party
lost the presidential election in Katsina, his home state.
“Equally, the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, lost in his
state, Lagos, while the Chairman of the Party, Abdulahi Adamu, lost in Nasarawa
State to the Labour Party.
“The Director-General of the Campaign Organisation of our
party also lost to PDP in Plateau State.
“Nothing gives this elections more credence than those facts
because there was no rigging in states where our big wigs come from,” he said.
The minister added that APC lost in the four states with the
highest number of votes in the elections – Katsina, Kano, Kaduna and Lagos even
when they were the ruling party’s controlled states.
Mohammed said the allegations of fraud been bandied by the
opposition and naysayers did not add up.
According to the minister, the controversy was generated
because of the inability of INEC to upload the results of the Presidential
election real time.
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