The Minister of Culture and Information, Lai Mohammed, has called the 2023 general elections the most transparent in the nation's history.
Mohammed made the remark while briefing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari did not give any advantage to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) during the presidential election on February 25.
The minister also provided clarification on the comments he made during his recent trip to the US.
“I went to the U.S. to balance the skewed report about the just concluded elections; and everywhere I went, I said very unambiguously that the last general elections in Nigeria are the most transparent.
“It was the freest and the most authentic Nigeria had ever held, and that is despite the effort of the opposition to delegitimise the election.
“And I put forward my position there that the two reasons the election was the best were one.
“The introduction of technology especially, the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System(BVAS), made it pretty difficult for anybody to do the usual things before like over-voting, stuffing of ballot boxes and the likes because once it takes your biometrics; you cannot vote twice", he stated.
Mohammed added that President Buhari promised that he would provide a level playing ground and he fulfilled his promise.
“The first instance was that the president did not confer any advantage on his ruling party; and that why as far as he was concerned, he would rather lose the election than win at all cost; and the result showed it."
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