Prof. Itse Sagay, Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee, said that the 2023 general election was the best so far in the country.
Sagay stated this while speaking in an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.
The Chairman also hailed the role of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) in the election.
Recall that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared the winner of the presidential election, amid criticism that the exercise was marred with violence.
Both Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have contested the results of the poll.
But, Sagay maintained that the election was credible, citing APC’s loss in its Lagos State stronghold.
He said, “In my personal opinion, in terms of representing the minds and wishes of Nigerians in an election, this is probably the best election we have had.”
The Senior lawyer noted that previous elections especially during other democratic dispensations were marred by irregularities.
He said, “So, we had good elections in 2011, 2015, and 2019. But in terms of representing or interpreting what Nigerians feel, it is the best election we have ever had.
“If you look at the ways things have gone with the BVAS (Bimordal Voter Accreditation System), the very idea that the APC was defeated in Lagos, that should make you realise immediately that these are very credible elections. If you go through the whole country, it is the same sort of accuracy and reflection on the feelings of Nigerians.”
Sagay argued that the 2023 elections were determined by ethnicity, religion, and organisational skills.
The PACAC boss said, “But above all, what gave Tinubu the edge was his capacity to organise, plan and plant agencies and supporters and various administrative bodies all over the states in the country.
“So, that in my view is the explanation of what happened,” he added. “So, I believe it expressed the true mind of Nigerians as of today. There is something natural about the results.”
Meanwhile, Sagay, said the Labour Party “did excellently well” in some areas, especially in the South-East but rued the party’s “abysmal results” in the North-East and North-West regions.