‘Obi Is The First Presidential Candidate In Nigeria That Got 95% Of Votes In His State’ – Sen. Saidu Dansadau
The Chairman of the Board of Trustee of the National Rescue Movement, Senator Saidu Muhammad Dansadau has alleged that the claims being made by the Labour Party that the 2023 election was rigged is untrue. Senator Dansadau speaking in an interview with Arise Tv news stated categorically that Peter Obi is the first candidate in the history of Nigeria to get 95% of votes in his own state. If you would recall that Peter Obi had also set aside the fact that he was surprised that he didn’t get 100 percent in Anambra state.
The Senator argued that if Peter Obi could get such a number of votes in his state and still had gone ahead to defeat Bola Tinubu in Lagos, there is no way anyone could say that the election was rigged. According to him, Nigerian politician have to develop their mindset towards accepting defeat in any election cycle. He asserted that if the Labour Party had won the election, they wouldn’t have talked about rigging in the last election.
He said, “Out of 24 years of uninterrupted democracy, yet we have not developed the culture of accepting defeat. That is worrisome and everybody that loses an election claimed that it is rigged. Take for example, the Labour Party candidate, Peter Obi who scored the highest votes cast in his home state and then he defeated Bola Tinubu in his home state, so where do you start talking about rigging.
If you look at the history and statistics of elections in this country, you find out that there has never been a Presidential candidate that got 95% of votes casted in his state. Remarkably, Peter Obi is the first presidential candidate in Nigeria that got 95% of the votes in his state. But here the party is complaining that the election was rigged after defeating Tinubu in his hometown. So probably if Labour Party had won the election, they wouldn’t have raised any issue about election rigging.”