Nigeria Poll Results - Ruling Party's Tinubu Declared Winner

Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has declared Bola Tinubu, the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), as the winner of the presidential election held on February 25, 2023, Premium Times reports.

Tinubu, who defeated 17 other candidates, scored a total of 8,794,726 votes, the highest of all the candidates, thus meeting the first constitutional requirement to be declared the winner. He also scored over 25% of the votes cast in 30 states, more than the 24 states constitutionally required.

His main rivals were Atiku Abubakar from the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi from the Labour Party (LP).

Meanwhile, former president Olusegun Obasanjo has urged the country's electoral body to save the country from "a looming danger" over what he described as corruption of the electoral process. He said INEC's decision to revert to the manual transmission of results was deliberate, despite investing in an electronic system that would allow immediate transmission of results from polling units.

The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party have claimed there is a lack of transparency with the new electronic voting system and staged a walkout at the National Collation Centre in Abuja.

INEC's chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu assured the Nigerian people that the process of collation and announcement would be transparent, even as INEC explained that the challenges the commission was encountering with the transmission of results were not due to sabotage of its system.


Outgoing president Muhammadu Buhari, left, and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (file photo).

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