Overconfidence, Complacency And Bad Tactical Moves Made The Opposition Parties Lost The Election – Buhari
According to President Muhammadu Buhari, the opposition political parties lost the February 25 presidential election as a result of overconfidence, complacency, and poor tactical decisions.
While the All Progressives Congress, the current government, was working hard to win the recent elections, the President claimed the unified opposition was a victim of overconfidence.
When welcoming the Progressive Governors Forum, led by its chairman, Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State, to his residence at the State House, Buhari said:
“They were already promising their foreign backers that they would destroy the APC. “We worked hard and won with a confident yet cautious approach as a party. Now, more than anybody else, their arrogance is causing issues for the opposition.
They are having a difficult time persuading their outside supporters of their inability to defeat us.
“They lost due to a combination of overconfidence, complacency, and poor tactical decisions. This has made things worse in their camp. Why didn’t they take us away?
President Buhari said, “A significant reason I congratulate Asiwaju on winning is that the opposition got support and false hope from outside and went on to create the impression that they will win, that they will defeat us. This was in response to a concern raised by Governor Bagudu, the leader of the Forum.
“How could anyone be more wrong?”
He urged the Progressive Governors to remain united and communicate openly with one another.
Try to continue resolving issues. Be bold and have frank discussions about them among yourselves. According to the President, this is the finest strategy for surviving politically in Nigeria.
He advised them to “have a program to meet regularly and to discuss issues and how to maintain the Party nationwide.”
In a lengthy speech regarding his retirement plan, President Buhari stated that he planned to stay at home in Daura for six months before eventually relocating to Kaduna.
He commended Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai for building the infrastructure that will improve life for him in retirement and for residents of the state, noting that Kano State Governor Muhammadu Buhari had also done the same.
The visit, according to the Chairman, Atiku Bagudu, was ostensible to wish the President “Happy Sallah” and to express gratitude for the leadership he has provided for the Party and the country.
They congratulated the President on the Party’s victory in the presidential polls because this was their first visit following the elections.
Congratulations! Your Party has won the Presidency, a majority in the Senate, and control of the House of Representatives, he continued.
“Without your assistance, these achievements would not have been possible.
“History will think well of you. Because of the unrest in the area and the developing world—all thanks to your leadership—the election is being celebrated all across the world.
We succeeded by pure effort, just as you had always urged us to. We sincerely appreciate everything,” he continued.
Along with Kebbi, governors from Plateau, Imo, Kwara, Ekiti, Kaduna, Kogi, Lagos, Cross Rivers, Jigawa, Katsina, Ogun, and Nasarawa states were also present.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and the deputy governors of Kano, Gombe, Borno, and Ebonyi were also present.