The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has officially congratulated the winner of the 2023 presidential elections, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, following the announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, that he emerged as the winner of the election. The presidential election took place on the 25th of February, 2023, and the result was declared on Wednesday, the 1st of March, 2023.
In a press release from the State House, President Buhari stated that he heartily congratulated Tinubu on his victory, stating that he is the best person for the job and that he looks forward to working with him and his team to ensure an orderly handover of power. The president acknowledged the 2023 presidential election as Africa’s largest democratic exercise, which demonstrated democracy’s continued relevance and capability to deliver for the people it serves. He also noted that the electoral map shifted drastically in one cycle, as states in all regions across the nation changed color in the presidential elections.
While acknowledging that the exercise was not without fault, citing technical problems with electronic transmission of results, the president stressed that none of the issues registered represented a challenge to the freeness and fairness of the elections. He urged all politicians and candidates to act responsibly and not to undermine the credibility of INEC, calling on them to remember the peace pledge they signed just days before the election. The president encouraged any candidate who feels the need to challenge the election result to take it to the courts, not to the streets, for the sake of the people's safety and the nation's peace.
President Buhari concluded by calling on all candidates to come together and act responsibly, reminding them that the people have spoken, and the election result reflects their will. He emphasized that competition is good for democracy and that it is time for all candidates to put aside their differences and work together for the good of the nation.
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