Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Information Minister, stated it is fraudulent to declare that Bola Ahmed Tinubu did no longer win the 2023 presidential election on the grounds that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) failed to add results of the poll to its result viewing portal (IReV).
Mohammed attacked opposition political parties on Sunday over their response to President Muhammadu Buhari’s remarks on the consequence of the election.
Buhari stated last week that the opposition lost in the poll due to overconfidence, complacency and awful tactical moves. But the comment used to be greeted with criticism through different opposition parties who slammed the president for defending a “brazenly stolen” victory.
Defending Buhari and reiterating his position, Mohammed described the opposition as “shameless sore losers” for reproving the president.
The minister spoke in a assertion issued on Sunday in Abuja by way of his media aide, Segun Adeyemi.
“Opposition’s overconfidence going into the election stemmed in section from the blitzkrieg of social media propaganda as properly as inaccurate and procured opinion polls.
“These have been interestingly supposed to hoodwink their foreign backers and a part of the global media into uncritically reporting that they have been coasting home to victory, when they were certainly heading into the ravine of defeat,” he said
“President Muhammadu Buhari lived up to his billing by delivering a free, truthful 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 constancy of the election, and that is why he supplied a level-playing field for all parties,” he said.
Mohammed further asserted that the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, won the presidential election truthful and square.
”Going by the results, none of the opposition parties met any of the conditions stipulated for winning the presidential election.
“They did no longer even come close, in spite of their pre-election grandstanding.
”They (opposition) maintain leaning on some international observers to justify their fraudulent declare that the election used to be rigged,” he said.
He referred the opposition to the conclusion by Mr Johnnie Carson, the revered US diplomat, that the APC candidate “undoubtedly won the polls”.
Carson, in accordance to the minister, co-led the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and International Republican Institute (IRI) International Election Observation Mission to Nigeria.
”They additionally forgot that the African Union Election Observation Mission to Nigeria stated the ecosystem was usually calm and peaceable in ninety five per cent of the polling devices visited.
“It is on the strength of these reports that many nations, including the US and the UK, wasted no time in congratulating the victorious APC Presidential Candidate.
”The opposition’s insinuation that the failure to immediately add 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 via determined individuals.
”The opposition Labour Party, in particular, will go down in the records books as the first-ever far away third-place finisher in a presidential election somewhere to have bold-facedly claimed victory,” he said.