Tinubu wins Nigerian election with 36% total vote cast

Tinubu wins Nigerian election with 36% total vote cast

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the two terms former Governor of Lagos State, is declared the winner by the electoral commission (INEC) in the early hours (about 4:17am) of Wednesday, March 1, 2023.

With ballots from all 36 states and FCT Abuja counted, among the 18 candidates, Tinubu’s All Progressives Congress (APC) garnered 8,794,726 votes (36.61%) compared with 6,984,520 (29.04%) votes for Atiku Abubakar’s People’s Democratic party, 6,101,533 votes (25.36%) for Peter Obi of LP and 1,496,657 votes (6.22%) for Rabiu Kwankwanso of NNPP.

“Bola Tinubu of the APC, having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared winner, and returned elected”, Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), declared.

Tinubu scored 25% and above in 32 states, won 12 states, and lost in two most populous; Lagos and Kano, while Abubakar and Obi were victorious in 12 states respectively and Kwankanso won Kano only.

To win in the first round, the victor must get at least a 25% of the votes in two 24 states, plus an overall majority, which Bola Ahmed Tinubu have fulfilled according to the results recorded by INEC to avoid a runoff.

Earlier on Tuesday, 28th February, photographs of ECOWAS Monitoring Team led by former President Goodluck Jonathan were seen on the internet where a joyous Bola Tinubu was being congratulated as the President-Eect.

But the oppositions People’s Democratic party (PDP) and Labor Party (LP) would not congratulate Tinubu instead rejected the result and threatened to take legal action, alleging that INEC had contravened electoral law by its failure to upload the results on the portal before the announcement, arguing also that BVAS were manipulated.

Meanwhile, two main oppositions were said to have taken steps to obtain court injunction to stop the announcement of the results but failed.

Immediately after the collation of the results, Director General of NOA, Dr. Garba Abari urged Nigerians to remain calm.

“As a people, we have invested so much in the 2023 General Elections, both as a nation and as individual citizens, to let anything truncate the process at any point. I call on political, religious and traditional leaders and indeed all leaders of thought, to not only exercise caution in their utterances at this time, but also to please use their influence to promote peace, restraint and recourse to legal means alone at this critical moment of our national experience.

“Furthermore, I call on Nigerian youths to shun any voice of temptation urging resort to any unlawful means in ventilating any objections you may have to the election result collation process and its outcome. Remember that no Nigerian, young or old, has anything to gain from setting the nation on the path of violence and instability.

The survival of the country far outweighs any other consideration and nothing should provoke our people even at this time”, Abari cautioned.

Reports of BVAS manipulation, multiple failures with the machine supposed to accredit voters and deadly attacks in the South and North marred the election. Many polling stations opened late due to wrong BVAS and, in some cases, voting continued on Monday.

RazorTimes recall that in the weeks to the election, some policies; naira redesign, scarcity of naira and fuel, which according to incumbent President Buhari were meant to check vote buying and other intimidating influences turned the teeming masses against the candidate of the ruling party, Bola Tinubu, such that densely populated states; Lagos, Katsina, Kaduna, Kano were lost to oppositions.

The 2023 general election would remain a rude shocker to many as it’s unusual for a presidential election to be won by a candidate not backed by a powerful cabal of former generals that includes former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Ibrahim Babangida, and even the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.

Infact, former President Olusegun Obasanjo wrote a letter to President Buhari and the INEC to suspend the announcement of results and do rerun in areas where manipulations were suspected, allegedly vowed that unless Peter Obi of LP is declared winner, the outcome of the election remain invalid.

It’s on record from this election that while Tinubu compete favourably with Atiku and Obi in other regions, he beat Atiku down in North West.

It’s observed that Obi was able to get 12 states due largely to the influence of the Body of Christ who compelled their congregations to vote for Christian candidate, and not necessarily because of #EndSars” saga.