Tinubu floors Atiku, Obi, wins 2023 presidential election

The Ruling party candidate, Bola Tinubu, has been announced the winner of the controversial Nigerian presidential election.

The 70-year-old politician won 36% of the vote, according to official results.

His closest rival Atiku Abubakar got 29% and Peter Obi of Labor 25%. Their members have dismissed the election as null and void and demanded a rerun.

Mr. Tinubu is one of the richest politicians in Nigeria and he has based his campaign on rebuilding the great city, Lagos, when he was governor.

However, he was beaten in the city by Mr. Obi, a newcomer who gathered the support of many youths, especially in urban areas, shaking up the country’s two-party system.

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Mr. Tinubu won most other states in his home region of the south-west, where he is known as a “political godfather”.

He campaigned for the presidency under the slogan: “It’s my turn”.

President Muhammadu Buhari is stepping down after two terms in office, marked by economic stagnation and growing insecurity around the country – from an Islamist insurgency in the north-east to a nationwide crisis of kidnapping for ransom and separatist attacks in the south-east.

Mr. Tinubu now has the task of solving these problems, among others, in Africa’s most populous nation and biggest oil exporter.

After fighting military rule in Nigeria, escaping into exile and being one of the founding members of the country’s democracy in 1999, Mr. Tinubu will feel that he was destined to become president.

He was always the favourite to replace Mr. Buhari – whom he helped become president – and the hurdles he has surmounted to get here will make this an even sweeter win for him.

He was not expected to win the party primary, yet he won.

Many said his decision to go with another Muslim as a running mate would prove an obstacle, but it was not.

Previously all major parties have split their presidential tickets with a Christian from the south and a northern Muslim in order to achieve broad support across this vast nation of 210 million people.

He will now have to prove that he can hit the ground running and that he is still the same formidable force who built modern Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub.

Mr. Tinubu will be taking charge of a crumbling economy, widespread insecurity and as the results map shows, a country retreating into regional and religious blocs.

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