The Minister for Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has described the February 23, 2019 general elections as free, fair and credible.
Lai Mohammed said this on Thursday while he was interviewed on the political segment of the Network Service of Radio Nigeria, monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria NAN, in Abuja.
He said that his resolve relies on the unanimous verdicts of both domestic and international observers on the outcome of the elections.
“I know you will naturally expect me to say the elections were free and fair, but I think this also is the verdict of both domestic and international observers.
“I rely on these observers who unanimously agree that despite the isolated cases of violence and irregularities in some places, the 2019 general elections were free, fair and credible.
“There are other commentators who say the victory of the president in the election was actually a victory of the masses against the elite.
“So for me, I will rely on what people have said, especially those who are not partial. I have no doubt in my mind that the elections were free, fair and credible,” he said.
The Information Minister further mentioned that if anybody or political party who has a contrary opinions, it would mean that such a one is swimming against the tide.
Lai Muhammad also said that the New York Times, an International media outlet had described the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the 2019 general election as a “referendum on integrity.”, which further proves the credibility of the elections.
The minister also mentioned that all unsatisfied candidates that participated in the elections had the right to approach the election petitions tribunal.l. And challenge the results.
“It is the right of any candidate who feel unsatisfied with the outcome to approach the election petition tribunal.
“In respect of the presidential candidate of the PDP, the case on-going at the election petition tribunal is absolutely in order.
“What we abhor is any other attempt to resort to self-help or any attempt outside the tribunal to try to de-legitimize the choice of Nigerians.
“A few weeks ago, our landscape was dotted with billboards and posters about the PUKA, the right and ordained one.
“This tries to give the impression that he won the election, and we had to come out strongly to say no this is wrong,” he said.
Lai Mohammed finally expressed confidence in the outcome of the tribunal case between President Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, since they won by a landslide.
“Our party won with almost 4 million votes, we don’t even contemplate losing at the tribunal,” he added.