No Issue Encountered Challenges Freeness, Fairness Of 2023 Elections – Buhari..
Written by City Radio on March 1, 2023
President Muhammadu Buhari is of the opinion that the challenges encountered during the February 25th general elections did not pose a challenge to the transparency of the electoral process.
The president stated this in a communique where he congratulated the winner of the just concluded presidential election, Bola Tinubu, saying that he is the best man for the job.
Further reacting to the victory, the president said it is not that the exercise was without fault but that “none of the issues registered represent a challenge to the freeness and fairness of the elections”.
President Buhari while agreeing that there were technical problems with electronic transmission of the results, however, stated that there will be areas that need work to bring further transparency and credibility to the voting procedure.
Buhari also opined that within Nigeria, the results reveal democracy’s ripening in the country, adding that never has the electoral map shifted so drastically in one cycle.
Speaking to those who might be aggrieved by the result of the election, Buhari said it is fine to disagree with views and outcomes.
He, however, stressed that “if any candidate believes they can prove the fraud they claim is committed against them, then bring forward the evidence. If they cannot, then we must conclude that the election was indeed the people’s will – no matter how hard that may be for the losers to accept. If they feel the need to challenge, please take it to the courts, not to the streets.
Buhari heartily congratulated Asiwaju Tinubu on his victory, saying the former Lagos State governor is the best person for the job.
The president promised to work with him and his team to ensure an orderly handover of power.