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Saturday’s Presidential Election Was Africa’s Largest Democratic Exercise – Buhari Says As He Congratulates Tinubu


Saturday’s Presidential Election Was Africa’s Largest Democratic Exercise – Buhari Says As He Congratulates Tinubu

Following the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s declaration of APC candidate, Bola Tinubu as the president-elect of Nigeria after the Saturday February 25, 2023 election, President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that the election was “Africa’s largest democratic exercise”.

Buhari while congratulating Tinubu on his win, said that the Tinubu who according to the president was elected by the people, is the best person for the presidential job.

He pledged to work with Tinubu and his team to ensure an orderly handover of power when his tenure elapses.

Buhari also charged other candidates and citizens to come together and act responsibly and not undermine the credibility of INEC while also reminding them of the peace accord they had signed.

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Buhari wrote:

I congratulate His Excellency

@officialABATon his victory. Elected by the people, he is the best person for the job. I shall now work with him and his team to ensure an orderly handover of power.

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 Nigeria changed colour. Some amongst you may have noticed my home State among 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.
That is not to say the exercise was without fault. For instance, there were technical problems with 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.
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.
To take to the streets means they are not doing it in the interest of the people, but rather to inflame, to put people in harm’s way and all for personal, selfish gains.
After a degree of polarization that necessarily accompanies any election, it is now time to come together and act responsibly. I call on all candidates to remember the peace pledge they signed just days before the election.
Do not undermine the credibility of INEC. Let us now move forward as one. The people have spoken. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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