US State Department Speaks on 2023 Elections, Calls for Calm, Warns Parties
- The U.S. State Department congratulated Nigerians for the just-concluded presidential and National Assembly elections
- The executive department of the U.S. federal government also congratulated president-elect, Bola Tinubu
- The state department, however, noted that it is aware of complaints about how the election was conducted
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FCT, Abuja - The United States on Wednesday, March 15, congratulated Nigeria on the just-concluded presidential and National Assembly elections while calling for calm amid accusations of voter fraud and concerns over technical glitches.
Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared the February 25 presidential contest winner.
Vanguard reports that State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement:
“The United States congratulates the people of Nigeria, president-elect Tinubu and all the political leaders. This competitive election represents a new period for Nigerian politics and democracy.
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“We understand that many Nigerians and some of the parties have expressed frustration about how the process was conducted.
“Nigerians are clearly within their rights to have such concerns and should have high expectations for their electoral process. We call on all parties to refrain from violence or inflammatory rhetoric at this critical time.”
Tinubu’s administration will witness hitch-free relationship with 10th Assembly - Ndume
Meanwhile, the senator representing Borno South Senatorial District, Ali Ndume, said Tinubu would have a hitch-free relationship with the 10th National Assembly.
The Cable reports that Ndume said the incoming administration of Tinubu will be "a National Assembly government."
He commented that Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shettima, are former members of the National Assembly.
APC chairman Abdullahi Adamu admits 2023 polls had flaws
On his part, the APC national chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, has corroborated that the 2023 general elections had some flaws.
Adamu, however, stated that despite the flaws, the ruling party deserved to win the presidential election and majority seats in the National Assembly.
The former governor of Nasarawa state categorically said there are no perfect elections across the globe.
Shettima, Adamu meet APC lawmakers-elect in Abuja
Legit.ng had earlier reported that Shettima and Adamu met with APC lawmakers-elect on Monday, March 13.
At the meeting, Shettima said Tinubu has no favourite candidates for the leadership of the 10th National Assembly.
He also charged the lawmakers to go to their constituencies and work for the party’s victory in the March 18 governorship and state assembly elections.