Presidential Election: Nigeria will out stronger after internal crises,- NADA tells President Biden


The National Association of Diaspora Alliance (NADA) in United States of America (USA) has said that Nigeria as a sovereign nation has a strong internal problem-solving mechanism to come out stronger after its internal wrangling over the recent concluded presidential election in the country.

In a letter dated 19th April, 2023 to President of United States of America, Joe Biden in defence of Nigerian election signed by two Nigerian Diaspora Leaders of the Association (NADA USA), Dr Oluseyi Senu-Oke, Chairman NADA and Dr Dotun Aliu, President said there is no need to worry about Nigeria because the country will emerge unscathed from this period.

They stated that it is critical to clear the air
so that these individuals do not spread false narratives about Nigeria on a global scale noting that this is extremely dishonorable, but it is manageable.

The letter which has personally deliveredt o President Biden stated: “Nigeria is currently in a situation similar to the election between you and Donald Trump. As you may recall, there was a national election in the United States, the results of which were announced, and you were declared the legitimate winner. However, Trump rejected the verdict, claiming that there were irregularities, rigging, and malpractice in the election with no evidence to back up his claims.

“He openly declared that he had won the election and that it had been stolen from him. His ardent supporters began acting out his script, claiming that the election had been rigged. He urged his followers to reclaim the mandate that had been
taken from them. His supporters flocked to Capitol Hill, confident that they would reclaim the stolen mandate without having to wait for the court’s decision.

“Trump filed more than 30 frivolous and unfounded court cases in an attempt to
overturn the election, but he ultimately lost all of them.

“The same situation is currently unfolding in Nigeria. On February 25, 2023, the electoral body held a presidential election, and a clear winner was declared after substantially meeting the requirements under Nigerian electoral law. Not long after the election, the second-place finisher—and disregarding the firstplace finisher—claimed he had won and that the results were rigged. He informed his supporters that the people’s mandate had been stolen and pleaded with them to reclaim it. This should sound familiar, Mr. President.

“They established the “Obidents Movement,” which actively and precisely followed a script dubbed “Trump method” in line with the strategy employed by the Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters. One of these is using all available means to undermine and cast doubt on the election and the president-elect on a national and international scale.

“Their presidential candidate filed a court petition to challenge the election process rather than the outcome. If the mandate was truly stolen, why not challenge the outcome and present evidence of votes stolen from the party?. However, prior to any court proceedings, they began a protest on the streets and social media, proclaiming victory and demanding the return of their stolen mandate without a single shred of evidence to back up this heinous claim.

“Those who disagree with them are frequently threatened and verbally abused. There is ongoing intimidation and threat directed at the nation’s supreme court justices in an attempt to sway them to see things their way. This should also sound familiar Mr. President. Mr. Datti Baba-Ahmed, the presidential running mate of the
opposition party, publicly threatened the current sitting president and the chief judge, claiming that if the president-elect is sworn in, there will be no Nigeria. A clearly treasonous point of view that flagrantly violates the constitution of Nigeria. All of this should sound familiar to you, Mr. President.

No election, regardless of where it is held, is perfect. There are bound to be flaws within human limitations, but this should not translate into total condemnation of the election results, especially if such flaws are insignificant enough to overturn the election’s outcome.

“According to BBC News, during the recent US midterm elections, several false and
unsubstantiated rumors circulated online, implying that votes in certain states were
rigged. Specifically, the Arizona voting machine problems, which slowed the voting
and counting processes. This glitch, however, prompted immediate propaganda of
false claims that the votes were once again rigged, despite the lack of evidence to
support this claim.

“The same scenario is playing out in Nigeria, where there were glitches in the
transmission of voting results by voting machines. The glitches fueled false claims
that the election was rigged, despite the lack of evidence to back up this claim

“They continue to seek proof of vote-rigging conspiracy theories and intentionally hold the false and unshakeable belief, despite the lack of evidence, that ballot machines were compromised due to a failure to transmit results to the internet.

“More horrifying was the call by some unscrupulous elements for military intervention to establish an interim government, which would not only sever Nigeria’s current democratic system, but would also plunge the country into dictatorship, anarchy, and chaos, and, by extension, the instability of the African

As if that wasn’t enough, an international propaganda campaign to delegitimize the election was launched. Many open letters were written, many of which were shrouded in lies and maligned the country. A recent example is an open letter sent to you by one Chimamanda Adichie, which was full of deception, manipulation, and mischief. An action motivated by ethnic inclinations”, it added.


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