Bola Tinubu, a candidate for the ruling party, has been named the victor of Nigeria’s contested presidential race. According to official findings, the 70-year-old experienced lawmaker received 36% of the election.
Peter Obi of Labour received 25% of the vote, and his main competitor Atiku Abubakar received 29%. Both sides had previously criticized the election as fraudulent and called for a new one. One of Nigeria’s wealthiest leaders, Mr. Tinubu, centered his appeal on his success in reconstructing Lagos, the country’s largest city, while serving as governor.
Nevertheless, Mr. Obi, a latecomer who rallied the support of several young folks, particularly in urban areas, defeated him in the city, upending the two-party structure of the nation. In his home province of the south-west, where he’s commonly referred to as a “political godfather,” Mr. Tinubu took control of most of the other states.
After two terms in government defined by economic malaise and escalating insecurity from across nation, including an Islamic conflict in the north-east, a national problem of abduction for ransom, and separatist operations in the south-east, President Muhammadu Buhari is resigning.
In the most popular and significant oil exporting African nation, Mr. Tinubu now has the responsibility of addressing these issues as well as others. Mr. Tinubu will believe that he was predestined to be president after opposing military dictatorship in Nigeria, making his way to exile, and being among the foundational figures of the country’s democratization in 1999.
Many predicted that his choice of a Muslim running mate would be problematic, yet it was not. In the past, all major parties split their presidential ticket into a Muslim from the northwest as well as a Christian from the south in order to win votes from a wide range of the 210 million-person nation. He is going to have to demonstrate his ability to get things done right away and that he continues to be the powerful force behind the development of contemporary Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial center. Tinubu will be in the helm of a nation that is fragmenting into regional and religious blocs, has a deteriorating economy, and is rife with insecurity.