President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has described the election that brought him to power as the most credible ever in the history of Nigeria.
He stated this on Thursday, August 3, while making his first appearance at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the All Progressive Congress (APC) since his inauguration as President.
Tinubu said that despite existing legal battles in court challenging the process, the APC must congratulate itself for victory.
According to him, any person or group who refuses to accept the results of a free and fair election like the one held in 2023, do not deserve the joy of victory.
Charging the ruling party after former governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje was elected as chairman, Tinubu said the APC has a responsibility to promote unity, stability, and love among members.
He said: “Yes, we are facing challenges in court, but I think this is the most credible election in Nigeria. So, we must congratulate ourselves. As a democrat, those who cannot accept the results of a free and fair election do not deserve the joy of victory.”
The president further said that being elected to serve is an opportunity to “fulfil your dreams and the dreams of our founding fathers.
“We are taking it head-on; we must oil the wheel, grease it, and we are. I have submitted ministerial lists to Senate for screening and approval. We are in the process of fully establishing the government of the people, for the people, and by the people.
“I can see a number of my friends here, and you have not been able to see me. It is what you all fought for to bring me here. We have governance issues, and you will not see me as often as you want to”.
He also said Nigeria is going through challenges and noted that his administration is ready to re-engineer the economy of this country.
Tinubu also digressed a little into the international political scene. He said: “I sent messages to Europe and America yesterday. To our partners, I ask, How can you handle a barking dog, a mad dog, and prevent a barking dog from eating from the plate of your enemy? We are hungry, and the continent depends on Nigeria. We need help, but not at the expense of our joy, peace, and happiness.”