The United States Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Leonard has commended Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi for seeking redress in court after the February 25, 2023, presidential election.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party (LP) flagbearers expressed foul play after Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared the winner.
Ambassador Leonard also said that the presidential and National Assembly elections did not meet the expectations of Nigerians as she urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to resolve the issues experienced ahead of the March 11 governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections.
In her words: “The people of Nigeria demonstrated their dedication to democracy on February 25, but there are many angry and frustrated Nigerians as well as many who are celebrating victories they believe were hard-fought and well-earned.
“It is clear that the electoral process as a whole on February 25 failed to meet Nigerians’ expectations.
“As I said numerous times prior to the elections, Nigeria has accomplished much in just the two-plus decades since the return to democracy, and a gradual improvement in the quality of its elections in that time constitutes one of those accomplishments.”