Bola Tinubu, the president-elect, said that the election was “fair and credible” and that he would not be constrained by political considerations when forming his administration.

In a statement on Thursday, Mr. Tinubu said he would create “a government of national competence,” as opposed to just a government of national unity.

“There has been talk of a government of national unity. My aim is higher than that. I seek a government of national competence. In selecting my government, I shall not be weighed down by considerations extraneous to ability and performance,” he said..

The former governor of Lagos State received 8.7 million votes, beating out 17 other contenders in the presidential election on February 25. Nonetheless, the outcome has been opposed by a number of opposing parties.

Peter Obi, the candidate for the Labour Party, and Atiku Abubakar, the candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party, have started the process to contest the result.

Pundits have urged the president-elect to establish a government of national unity in an effort to bring the nation together in light of how polarizing the 2023 election process has been.

In his remarks, Mr. Tinubu reaffirmed that the election was “fair and credible,” stressing that other candidates were free to challenge the results in court.

Mr. Tinubu is anticipated to take the oath of office on May 29 if there is no legal intervention.