The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has described claims by the opposition that the 2023 presidential elections were rigged as “fraudulent”.
In a statement signed by his Special Assistant (Media), Segun Adeyemi, on Sunday in Abuja, the minister stated that both Peter Obi of the Labour Party and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party lost the election due to overconfidence and complacency.
Mr Mohammed further said the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, won the presidential election fair and square and surpassed the constitutionally required 25 per cent of votes cast in each of at least two-thirds of all the states in the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
He said, “Going by the results, none of the opposition parties met any of the conditions stipulated for winning the presidential election. They didn’t even come close, in spite of their pre-election grandstanding.
“They (opposition) keep leaning on some international observers to justify their fraudulent claim that the election was rigged.”
The minister also defended Buhari’s verdict that the opposition parties lost the presidential poll due to overconfidence.