INEC declares Bola Ahmed Tinubu winner of Nigeria presidential election

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The winner of Saturday’s presidential election, according to the electoral commission of Nigeria, is Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a candidate for the governing party.

The statement comes a day after opposition candidates dubbed the vote a “sham” and asked for a new election.

Bola Ahmed Tinubu was named the new president of Nigeria by the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) in an early-morning statement aired on the state-run National Television Authority.
In the most fiercely fought election since Nigeria became a democracy, Tinubu, the nominee of the governing All Progressives Congress party, got close to 8.8 million ballots, according to INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu.

Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party and Peter Obi of the Labor Party were his primary rivals.
Yakubu claimed that Obi, a former governor of southeast Anambra State, received more than six million ballots, while Abubakar, a former vice president, received close to seven million.

Those who supported Tinubu, a 70-year-old former governor of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub, who is frequently referred to as a political “godfather,” rejoiced in his win.

However, opposing followers are not happy.

I’m really not thrilled about the result of the presidential elections because I believe that a lot of Nigerians were not given the chance to voice out with their ballots, said Abuja resident Chinedu Isaac upon hearing the news.

“I don’t think this is a win for Nigeria,” Chinedu continued. “A small group of people have won,”
In his victory address, Tinubu urged Nigerians, including the opposition, to come together for their country in the nation’s capital, Abuja.

Although voting continued into Sunday due to staff and technological issues, opposition leaders on Tuesday branded the election a “sham” and requested a fresh round of voting.

They plan to formally contest the outcomes in court and make allegations of voter intimidation and vote tampering.

The INEC reports that a record-low 25 million Nigerians, out of 87 million registered voters, submitted votes in the election.

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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