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Quit Begging for Congratulatory Message and Endorsement from Joe Biden, Atiku mocks APC and Tinubu

Three weeks after the presidential election, people noticed that the United States of America’s president, Joe Biden is yet to congratulate the president-elect in Nigeria, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The APC PCC Director of New Media, Femi Fani-Kayode, said though the U.S. State Department had greeted Tinubu, there was a need for Biden to do the same.

“It’s time for Joe (Biden) to pick up the phone and add his voice. We are a big nation, we deserve no less,” Fani-Kayode tweeted.

This is strange because we believe we are a big nation and do not need the endorsement of anybody.

Secondly, endorsement and congratulatory messages should come willingly, not forced.

On Thursday, Atiku’s Special Assistant on Public Communication, Phrank Shaibu, in a statement said the former Minister’s remarks were “evidence of desperation”.

Atiku Abubakar has mocked the Presidential Campaign Organisation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for “seeking endorsements” after the February 25 election in Nigeria.

The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) accused and maintains that the APC is begging the United States President Joe Biden to congratulate Bola Tinubu.

This is low in all sense

Atiku’s special assistant, Shaibu described FFK’s action as “appalling”, advising even Tinubu and his team to “stop forcing foreign countries to recognise the sham election conducted by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)”.

People believe that any congratulatory message now will be short-lived because the case is in court and if justice is done, Tinubu won’t be the president due to the countless manipulations.

The aide said after being “the beneficiary of the worst and most fraudulent election in the history of Nigeria, Tinubu and his ilk are now running from pillar to post, begging Western powers to recognise him”.

After the February 25th election, it could be recalled that many international observers and countries were disappointed at the conduct of the election.

Many people said the process wasn’t transparent as there was news of ballot box snatching, ballot box burning, voters suppression, voters intimidation and, most importantly, the falsification of results.

Shaibu noted that the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard stated expressly that the country’s general poll was below the expectations of Nigerians.

“Several credible media houses locally and internationally, as well as EU observers, have all questioned the credibility of this election. Yet, Tinubu and his ilk want a stamp of approval on it? What a joke!,” the statement added.

Two days after the presidential election, the International Republican Institute, IRI, and the National Democratic Institute, NDI, joint mission declared INEC lacked transparency during the exercise.

Joe Biden congratulating the president-elect isn’t the problem, but there’s been news all over the world of electoral malpractices.

Femi Fani Kayode should quit trying to force the president of other countries to validate the poor electoral exercise that took place on the 25th of February.

Since the case is still in court, congratulatory messages will come after the court decides the true winner of the poll.

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