Tinubu, nationwide chief of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has received the favored vote within the disputed election.
Bola Tinubu, the politician lengthy heralded because the “father of contemporary Lagos”, has received a decent race to succeed Muhammadu Buhari as the following president of Nigeria.
Tinubu, “having glad the necessities of the legislation, is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected”, Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC), introduced early on Wednesday.
Tinubu polled 8.8 million votes to defeat former-associate-turned-foe Atiku Abubakar and shock frontrunner Peter Obi, who scored 6.9 million and 6.1 million, respectively, to emerge president hours after three opposition events referred to as for a cancellation of what they referred to as a “sham” of an election.
The previous two-term governor of Lagos, seen as essentially the most influential political godfather in present Nigerian historical past, misplaced his dwelling state of Lagos to Obi however was in the end profitable in his bid to change into Nigeria’s fifth president for the reason that return of democracy in 1999.
His rise to fame started in 1992 when he was elected senator in Lagos. When the presidential elections had been cancelled a 12 months after by the army authorities, he joined a coalition of politicians and civil society to name for brand new elections.
Tinubu’s magnum opus got here in 2015 when his Motion Congress of Nigeria (ACN) merged with Buhari’s Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) to kind the All Progressives Congress (APC) that unseated incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan.
Political pundits speculated it was solely a matter of time earlier than Tinubu launched an try to say the presidency for himself, ensuing within the “Emi lokan” (Yoruba for “it’s my flip”) slogan that got here to outline his marketing campaign.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Individuals’s Democratic Occasion (PDP), Labour Occasion (LP) and African Democratic Congress (CDC) had staged a press convention calling for the cancellation of the election outcomes, saying the ballot was a “sham” and merely “vote allocation and never collation”.