President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the winner of the 2023 Presidential Election, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu saying Nigerians have spoken through his victory.
President Buhari,while affirming that
Tinubu is the best person for the job promised to “work with him and his team to ensure an orderly handover of power”.
On the conduct of the election that brought Tinubu to power,President Buhari said the results revealed democracy’s ripening in Nigeria,pointing out that never has the electoral map shifted so drastically in one cycle.
“In the presidential elections, states in all regions across the nation changed colour. Some amongst 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” .
On the alleged poor conduct of the election, President Buhari acknowledged technical problems with electronic transmission of the results which he said was not enough of a challenge to the freeness and fairness of the elections.
“I know some politicians and candidates may not agree with this view. That too is fine. 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” .