Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, acknowledged on Monday evening that while the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections were “free and fair,” they were not without flaws.
Speaking at a meeting of the APC National Working Committee with President-elect Bola Tinubu, Vice President-elect Senator Kashim Shettima, and members-elect of the National Assembly, Adamu made the statement.
The closed-door meeting, which began at approximately 2:48 pm, was held at the Abuja State House Banquet Hall.
The event was attended by several notable figures, including Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola, Senator Godswill Akpabio, and Senator Kashim Shettima, among others.
This development follows calls from dissatisfied members of the NWC for the party to be reformed and for Adamu to resign in order to address concerns about the contentious Muslim-Muslim ticket of the incoming administration, which had caused tensions in the lead-up to the 2023 elections.
During the event, Adamu congratulated all the successful political officeholders, noting that they deserved to feel the joy of victory after winning the February 25 elections.
However, the embattled APC chairman also acknowledged that the polls had not been perfect and were marred by some flaws.
He said, “I very heartily congratulate all the distinguished men and women elect. I salute you all. You are the new Team Nigeria. From May 29 this year, the burden of our national unity, peace, and development will rest on your shoulders as a team.
“It is fair and honourable to admit that the February 25 elections were not perfect. We did not set out to conduct perfect elections.
“I am proud to say we achieved this feat and delivered on the promise made by President Muhammadu Buhari to the people. For the first time in living memory in respect of our elections, there were no allegations of vote-buying and outcry over all the other ills associated with the conduct of our elections. Rigging may not be dead, but it has been decapitated. Our democracy is maturing, and we are maturing with it.
“From the results of February 25, 2023 general elections announced so far by the electoral umpire, INEC, the APC won the presidency, clean and clear, and a majority in both chambers of the National Assembly.
“We chose not to rout the other political parties because they are our partners in our national progress and development.”