70-year-old Tinubu wins Nigerian presidential elections

Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been declared winner of the just-ended controversial Nigerian presidential elections.

The 70-year-old veteran politician got 37% of the vote, official results show.

His main rival Atiku Abubakar polled 29%, and Labour’s Peter Obi 25%. Their parties had earlier dismissed the poll as a shame and demanded a rerun.

Mr. Tinubu won most other states in his home region of the southwest, where he is known as a “political godfather” – who helps put others into office.

He campaigned for the presidency under the slogan: “It’s my turn”.

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Tinubu called for reconciliation with his opponents.

“I take this opportunity to appeal to my fellow contestants to let us team up together. It is the only nation we have. It is one country and we must build it together,” he said in a televised speech to the nation.

He said that they had the right to challenge the results in court but said that the lapses in the election “were relatively few in number and were immaterial to affect the outcome of this election”.

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