Nigeria's President-elect, Bola Tinubu (left) and vice-president of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo (right), look on during the presentation of the certificate of return to the President-elect by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja on March 1, 2023. PHOTO: KOLA SULAIMON
International News

The United States congratulates Nigeria on its recent election, urges all parties to remain calm.

The United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, met with his Nigerian counterpart, Geoffrey Onyeama, during a G20 summit in New Delhi to discuss the aftermath of Nigeria’s recent presidential election.

Despite accusations of voter fraud and concerns over technical glitches, the ruling party’s candidate, Bola Tinubu, was declared the winner on February 25.

The State Department congratulated President-elect Tinubu and urged all parties to remain calm during this period of transition.

“This competitive election represents a new period for Nigerian politics and democracy,” Ned Price told reporters on Wednesday.

READ MORE:

Price acknowledged that there is discontent among some Nigerians regarding the validity of the election results, and at least one opposition figure has promised to challenge the outcome.

“We understand that many Nigerians and some of the parties have expressed frustration about the manner in which the process was conducted,” he said.

“Nigerians are clearly within their rights to have such concerns and should have high expectations for their electoral process,” Price said, urging political leaders to register their concerns through established legal mechanisms.

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission, APC’s Bola Tinubu, won 8.8 million votes, while his main competitors, Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi, garnered 6.9 million and 6.1 million votes, respectively.

Nigerians were hoped that the new biometric voter identification technology would make the election the fairest and most transparent, yet there were malfunctions, long delays, and slow results, which have fueled accusations of fraud.

Nigerian officials had hoped to avoid such issues, but the technical glitches have raised concerns about the validity of the results.

“We call on all parties to refrain from violence or inflammatory rhetoric at this critical time,” Price said.