The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, on Monday said he has no regrets for attacking President-Elect, Muhammadu Buhari, during the electioneering period that culminated in the March 28 presidential election.
In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Mr. Okupe said he would continue to stand by his action during the period because he did so to promote his principal, President Goodluck Jonathan and put down his challenger, Mr. Buhari.
“Yes I said Buhari was not electable,” the presidential spokesperson said. “I also said his victory will not happen. I said and still insist that Buhari has no WASC certificate. I said a lot of things to promote my candidate and many things to put his opponent down.
“I have no regrets for any of the statements I made. Lai Mohammed said worse. This is the nature of politics. For any one who cares to listen. We will be back. Period.”
Mr. Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, went on to win the election with over 15 million votes, beating Mr. Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, who garnered over 12 million votes.
Mr. Okupe said the number of votes earned by the President was proof that the election was competitive enough and that those abusing Mr. Jonathan should at least respect the 12 million people who voted for him.
Read Mr. Okupe’s full statement below.
These are very interesting times in our nation. An election has come and gone. A victor has emerged and the loser has conceded. Yet some of our folks are behaving as if we have just gone through a war between two hostile nations.
APC agents all over the place are unrelenting in their tirades of abuses, insults and lies against President Jonathan, his aides and supporters.
It is shameful that we are still saddled with denying falsehood and fabrications in the social media and even hitherto highly respected newspapers.
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How many lies, deliberate falsehood and evil propaganda, outright curses and attacks must we suffer just because we lost an election in which we were never disgraced? Buhari polled 15m(56%) while Jonathan scored 12m (46%). Those who talk to us disparagingly should respect the sentiments of the 12 million who voted for Jonathan.
Of course, we have our reservations about the results but we will pass on that for now. We have lost this election but this is not and can never be a crime. We are all Nigerians and haven lost does not make us less. We should be allowed to bow out peacefully and constitutionally on the 29th of May.
Yes I said Buhari was not electable. I also said his victory will not happen. I said and still insist that buhari has no WASC certificate. I said a lot of things to promote my candidate and many things to put his opponent down. I have no regrets for any of the statements I made. Lai Mohammed said worse. This is the nature of politics.
For any one who cares to listen. We will be back. Period.