By Wilson Adekumola
The Labour Party has condemned the comments made by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on the outcome of the 2023 presidential election held February 25, claiming that the All Progressive Congress did not win the election but stole it.
The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Friday, had claimed his party, All Progressives Congress won the election adding that opposition parties, including LP, lost the poll as a result of overconfidence.
According to him, “Now, their (opposition) overconfidence is creating more problems for the opposition than anyone else. They are finding it hard to convince those who supported them from the outside why they are unable to beat us.
“A combination of overconfidence, complacency and bad tactical moves made them lose, plain and clear. This has created more problems in their camp. Why did they fail to remove us?” Buhari was quoted to have said while receiving APC governors on Friday.
While reacting, the acting National Publicity Secretary of the LP, Obiora Ifoh, in a statement criticized the statement saying it was unfortunate that such statement was coming from the President, whom he claimed was aware that the party flag-bearer, Peter Obi, won the poll.
The LP spokesperson said, “Mr President is completely wrong. I believe that he was ill-advised.
“It was erroneous for him to say that opposition parties lost election because of overconfidence.
“In fact, the Labour Party won the election but it was brazenly stolen by the APC.
“Mr President is aware that the APC did not win the election and that it was stolen.”