Why Peter Obi’s defeat surprised foreign commentators in the 2023 elections – FG


According to Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, many overseas pundits were startled by the outcome of the 2023 Nigerian Presidential election.

Prior to the election, he claimed that foreigners had a distorted view of Nigeria’s election.

Mohammed stated this in London during meetings with foreign media outlets and think tanks.

While speaking during the gatherings, Mohammed mentioned that some observers believed Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate Peter Obi would win the election.

He claimed that the mindset was the outcome of the Obidients’ social media-hyped activities.

“For example, not only must the candidate receive the plurality of votes, but he must also receive one-quarter of all votes cast in at least 25 states of the federation.”

“When you look at the results, only the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress and the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, met these requirements,” the minister continued.

“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar, fell short of these targets because he finished second and received 25% in 21 states.”

“Obi trailed far behind with 25% in 15 states.”

“This means that Obi, who was wrongly regarded as the election’s frontrunner, was virtually unknown and unpopular in 22 states.”

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