Former African Democratic Congress (ADC) presidential candidate, Dumebi Kachikwu has lauded the victory of Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the just-concluded 2023 presidential election.
BlackBox Nigeria had reported Kachikwu’s decision to step out of the presidential race after admitting that he had no pathway to victory.
In a statement on Friday, Kachikwu commended the consistency and doggedness of the APC chieftain in usurping his biggest rivals Atiku Abubakar of People’s Democratic Party and Labour Party’s Peter Obi.
While some opposition parties condemned the election outcome with some candidates filing lawsuit against Tinubu’s emergence as the winner of the election, Kachikwu claimed that the APC candidate had only taken advantage of a disunited opponent, revealing that any vote for the Labour Party was a vote in support of an APC victory – just he had earlier warned before the election.
“The distortions occasioned by the rigging done by the four so called leading parties were not significant enough to have altered the outcome of this election.
“I long warned that any vote for the Labour Party was a vote in support of an APC victory. The PDP and Labour Party candidates failed to show leadership when they refused to put aside petty differences to build a formidable opposition to take on a non-performing sitting government. They now seek to form an alliance of sore losers after defeat,” he stated.
The ex-presidential hopeful further described Tinubu’s victory as lesson learnt by some religious leaders who he alleged to have turned their place of worship to campaign platforms.
“Are we a nation of sinners in search of a saint or a nation of the lost in search of a leader? Asiwaju’s victory answers this question,” the statement said.
Kachikwu, however, admonished Nigerians to put behind, the election woes, and support the newly elected President in the nation building process.