Nigeria’s Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, has stated that it is unacceptable to falsely claim that Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s victory in the 2023 presidential election was illegitimate.
He emphasized that the opposition parties’ reaction to President Muhammadu Buhari’s remarks on the election’s outcome was unjustified.
The president had attributed the opposition’s loss to overconfidence, complacency, and poor tactical decisions. However, the opposition parties criticized the president’s defence of a “clearly stolen” victory.
Defending Buhari and reiterating his position, Mohammed described the opposition as “shameless sore losers” for reproving the president.
“Opposition’s overconfidence going into the election stemmed in part from the blitzkrieg of social media propaganda as well as faulty and procured opinion polls.
“These were apparently meant to hoodwink their foreign backers and a section of the international media into uncritically reporting that they were coasting home to victory when they were indeed heading into the ravine of defeat,” he said
He went further to say,
“President Muhammadu Buhari lived up to his billing by delivering a free, fair and credible election, and his legacy is assured.
“The President would rather lose his state and many of his party’s strongholds than tamper with the fidelity of the election, and that is why he provided a level-playing field for all parties,”
Mohammed further asserted that the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, won the presidential election fair and square.
”Going by the results, none of the opposition parties met any of the conditions stipulated for winning the presidential election.
“They did not even come close, in spite of their pre-election grandstanding.
”They (opposition) keep leaning on some international observers to justify their fraudulent claim that the election was rigged,” he said.
”The opposition’s insinuation that the failure to immediately upload the result of the presidential election onto IReV affected the credibility of the election is a fraud.
“It is an act of blackmail and deceit by desperate individuals.
”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-facedly claimed victory,” he asserted.