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Nigeria: Bola Ahmed Tinubu wins election

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Bola Ahmed Tinubu,70, reacts after he was declared winner in Nigeria's presidential election at the Party's campaign headquarters, in Abuja, Nigeria March 1, 2023. (Photo by Reuters)

Bola Ahmed Tinubu from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has won the race to become the next president of Nigeria.

Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Wednesday, declared Tinubu as the winner following a vote Saturday to choose a successor to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Provisional results announced by the INEC from 19 of Nigeria’s 36 states put Tinubu in the lead, ahead of other candidates.

However, during a joint news conference held in the capital, Abuja, the opposition called for fresh voting, claiming the INEC chairman had failed to execute his duty properly and needed to be replaced by “a credible person from outside the commission.”

"We monitored with dismay the travesty to democracy exhibited at the collation centers of INEC,” said Julius Abure, the Labor Party (LP) chairman, alleging widespread vote manipulation.

“Election results are still being manipulated in government houses,” Abure said. “If you send your child to school and it fails exams, they repeat the class. INEC has failed,” he added. “The results announced by INEC so far show monumental disparities between actual results reported by our party agents and indeed millions of Nigerians on election day.”

“What we have seen is vote allocation and not collation,” added Dino Melaye, a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) politician and former senator who moderated the news conference.

Buhari came to power in 2015 at a time when abductions and severe bombings were being reported in Nigeria on an almost daily basis, most often attributed to Boko Haram, the extremist militant group that wreaked havoc in parts of northeast Nigeria.

Tinubu, who has long been heralded as the “father of modern Lagos”, the country's main port and business hub, is expected to focus on reviving the economy.

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