The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the winner of the Saturday, February 25, 2023 presidential election in Nigeria.
INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, declared Tinubu winner of the election on Wednesday morning.
“I Professor Mahmood Yakubu hereby certify that I was the returning officer for the presidential election held 25 February, that the election was contested, that the candidates received the following votes.
“Bola Tinubu of APC, having satisfied the requirements of the law, is hereby declared the winner of the election.”
Tinubu polled a total of 8,794,726 votes to defeat the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar who scored 6,984,520 votes in an election marred by voter intimidation, ballot box snatching and INEC’s monumental failure to electronically transmit the results of the election into its digital portal as required by law, therefore setting up
the poll to potential lawsuits and possible jeopardy.
Tinubu raked in 12 states, Obi won 11 states plus the Federal Capital Territory, Atiku won 12 states while Kwankwaso won one state.
The former Lagos governor also scored over 25 per cent of the votes cast in 30 states, more than the 25 states constitutionally required.
The 12 states won by Tinubu are Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Kwara, Benue, Rivers, Borno, Zamfara, Jigawa, Ondo, Kogi and Niger State.
Atiku of the PDP won Taraba, Osun, Akwa Ibom, Adamawa, Kaduna, Sokoto, Yobe, Bayelsa, Kebbi, Bauchi, Gombe and Katsina.
Obi won the following states; Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, Anambra, Abia, Delta, Edo, FCT, Plateau, Nasarawa, Lagos and Cross River.
Aside from Tinubu; Obi; Atiku, and Kwankwaso, other candidates that contested the poll include Kola Abiola, People’s Redemption Party; Omoyele Sowore, Africa Action Congress; Adewole Adebayo, Social Democratic Party; Malik Ado-Ibrahim, Dumebi Kachikwu of the African Democratic Congress; Young Progressive Party; Prof Christopher Imumulen, Accord Party; Prof Peter Umeadi, All Progressives Grand Alliance; and Yusuf Mamman Dan Talle,Allied Peoples Movement.
The list also includes Hamza Al-Mustapha, Action Alliance; Sani Yusuf, Action Democratic Party; Nnnadi Osita, Action Peoples Party; Oluwafemi Adenuga, Boot Party; Osakwe Felix Johnson, National Rescue Movement; and Nwanyanwu Daniel Daberechukwu, Zenith Labour Party.
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