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Bola Tinubu wins tightest Nigerian presidential election in decades

Bola Tinubu, the previous governor and self-styled godfather of Lagos, has been declared the winner of Nigeria’s closest presidential election since its return to democracy in 1999.

Opposition events have declared the election in one of many continent’s largest oil producers a sham and referred to as for a rerun.

Tinubu garnered 8.8mn votes, simply over a 3rd of the entire, to defeat his important rival Atiku Abubakar of the opposition Peoples Democratic social gathering. Abubakar secured 7mn votes, failing in his sixth try to change into Nigeria’s president, in response to outcomes introduced by Mahmood Yakubu, chair of the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee.

In third place was Peter Obi, backed by lots of Nigeria’s city and educated middle-class voters. He garnered 6.1mn votes, successful the capital Abuja and 11 states, together with Tinubu’s dwelling state of Lagos. In a system dominated by two large events that largely alternate energy between one another, Obi’s efficiency was the very best by a third-party candidate for the reason that finish of army rule.

After the consequence was introduced, Tinubu promised to work for all, together with those that didn’t vote for him. “Let’s collaborate and work collectively. I promise to work with you,” he stated, referring to his political opponents.

The 70-year-old Tinubu largely ran on his eight-year report as Lagos governor till 2007, saying he “cleaned up” the state and elevated authorities revenues. “Emi lokan,” he repeatedly stated in his native Yoruba, which means “it’s my flip” to change into the following president. He’s credited with constructing the broad coalition that helped departing president Muhammadu Buhari safe victory in 2015 after three earlier failed bids.

However critics accuse him of turning the state into his private fiefdom through the use of his huge political affect to put in his successors.

Tinubu has additionally confronted allegations of corruption and questions on his huge wealth. The US froze his belongings within the Nineteen Nineties, claiming a possible hyperlink to a narcotics operation. He reached a settlement with the US authorities, forfeiting $460,000 whereas denying wrongdoing.

Others have voiced concern about his well being and age. He typically seemed frail in public appearances and his speeches have been often indecipherable, leaving his advisers to elucidate to the media what he meant to say.

On Tuesday, a coalition of opposition events led by the PDP and Labour social gathering referred to as for a rerun, citing alleged irregularities within the conduct of polls and the collation of outcomes. They pointed to the electoral fee’s failure to promptly add outcomes from the nation’s practically 177,000 polling stations.

“We’re difficult the method as a result of it basically violates not simply the legislation however the electoral procedures that are derived from the electoral act,” PDP social gathering chair Iyorchia Ayu stated at a press convention in Abuja.

The electoral fee acknowledged its on-line system had been “gradual and unsteady” however rejected accusations it had allowed outcomes to be tampered with. “Aggrieved events are free to method the courts to ventilate their considerations and await the matter to be resolved,” it stated.

Worldwide observers and Nigerian civil society teams additionally criticised the electoral fee for its lack of transparency and communication in transmitting outcomes from the polling unit.

Tinubu inherits a rustic rife with insecurity and a battered financial system with inflation at virtually 22 per cent and unemployment at 33 per cent. Oil manufacturing has stagnated, with Nigeria failing to fulfill its every day 1.8mn barrel Opec quota for greater than a 12 months.

Tinubu has dedicated to eradicating gasoline subsidies that value Nigeria greater than $10bn final 12 months.