“The opposition has created the impression outside the country that we are going into a mess because we have incompetent leadership of the party”
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday accused the opposition of misleading the outside world about the last general elections.
He said that contrary to the false narratives of the opposition, the elections were largely free and fair such that many state governors were defeated.
Buhari spoke on a day he conducted incoming President Bola Tinubu around the Presidential Villa, Abuja ahead of Monday’s inauguration for which the Ministry of Interior declared a public holiday.
Speaking at the launch of a book: “A promise kept, a compendium of significant achievements of Muhammadu Buhari administration 2015-2023”, held at the Council Chambers of the State House, Abuja, the President said the international community was not swayed by the attempt to rubbish the February/March elections.
His words: “When I was in Doha, meeting some heads of states, I was getting calls from Europe, America and Nigeria, congratulating us on the success of elections.
“The opposition has created the impression outside the country that we are going into a mess because we have incompetent leadership of the party. They were overwhelmed that the election came and went and both at the centre and at the states, fantastic.
“How can ten sitting governors of states lose their constituencies? This has been unprecedented. So I congratulate you the national working committee (of the APC) and others here, that we have really proved that democracy is worth defending.
“Nigerians have understood it now. Otherwise, how can they vote against their sitting governors, stopping them from going to the Senate to rest?
“Because it was so transparent, everything was done there in front of everybody. And committee by committee from various constituencies lined up and picked the candidate they wanted. So really, we have virtually politically arrived. I congratulate our party.