The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, on Monday, admitted that the presidential and national elections held on February 25th, 2023 were not ‘perfect.’
Adamu made this claim at the meeting of the lawmakers elect with the president-elect, Bola Tinubu, vice president-elect, Kashim Shettima and officials of the party.
Naija News recalls that the closed-door meeting was held at the State House Banquet Hall, Abuja.
Among the dignitaries in attendance are Senate President, Ahmed Lawan; Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Senator Godswill Akpabio, among others.
Adamu in his speech at the event congratulated all the elected political officeholders.
He said, “I very heartily congratulate all the distinguished men and women elect. I salute you all. You are the new team Nigeria. From May 29 this year, the burden of our national unity, peace, and development will rest on your shoulders as a team.
“It is fair and honourable to admit that the February 25 elections were not perfect. We did not set out to conduct perfect elections.
“World history has no instances of perfect elections. Like all other democratic nations, we set out to conduct free, fair, and credible elections. This we did.
“I am proud to say we achieved this feat and delivered on the promise made by President Muhammadu Buhari to the people. For the first time in living memory in respect of our elections, there were no allegations of vote-buying and outcry over all the other ills associated with the conduct of our elections. Rigging may not be dead, but it has been decapitated. Our democracy is maturing, and we are maturing with it.
“From the results of February 25, 2023, general elections announced so far by the electoral umpire, INEC, the APC won the presidency, clean and clear, and a majority in both chambers of the national assembly.
“We chose not to rout the other political parties because they are our partners in our national progress and development.”