President Muhammadu Buhari has on the 1st March, 2023, congratulated the winner of the just concluded Presidential Election and Candidate of the APC, Bola Tinubu.

President Buhari described Bola Tinubu as the best man for the job and promised to work with him and his team to ensure an orderly and smooth transmission. 

In a State House press release, President Buhari stated that he will work with the President-elect and his team to ensure an orderly handover of power.

President Buhari noted that the election was Africa’s largest democratic exercise. In a region that has undergone backsliding and military coups in recent years, this election demonstrates democracy’s continued relevance and capability to deliver for the people it serves.

“Within Nigeria, the results reveal democracy’s ripening in our country. Never has the electoral map shifted so drastically in one cycle. In the presidential elections, states in all regions across the nation changed color. Some of  you may have noticed my home state amongst them. The winning candidate did not carry his own home state either. That happens during a competitive election. Votes and those that cast them cannot be taken for granted. Each must be earned. Competition is good for our democracy. There is no doubt the people’s decision has been rendered in the results we look at today”. President Buhari stated.

President Buhari explained that:

“That is not to say the exercise was without fault. For instance, there were technical problems with the electronic transmission of the results. Of course, there will be areas that need work to bring further transparency and credibility to the voting procedure. However, none of the issues registered represent a challenge to the freeness and fairness of the elections”. 

The President called on other candidates who believe they can prove the fraud they claim was committed against them, with evidence or want to challenge it, should go to the court, not to the streets. 

He called on all candidates to remember the peace pledge they signed before the election and not to undermine the credibility of INEC.

Story: Hilda Katu

Media:@Radio Nigeria media