Nigerias’ Got a Shiny New President

Much to the dismay of his opponents, Bola Tinubu has been declared the winner of Nigeria’s election, which took place on February 25th. Already the results have been met with accusations of fraud from opposition parties, to which Nigerias’ Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) responded “There are laid down procedures for aggrieved parties or candidates to follow when they are dissatisfied about the outcome of an election”, effectively rejecting any accusations of fraud.

“The results being declared at the National Collation centre have been heavily doctored and manipulated and do not reflect the wishes of Nigerians expressed at the polls” -The People’s Democratic Party and the Labour Party said in a joint statement.

In some areas violence has broken out, which some expect to only worsen as the results spread. The nation has, in previous elections, been plagued with political violence. Though, this election has not seen anything as bad as previous ones thus far.

Tinubu garnered 8.79 million votes. Runner-up Atiku Abubakar received 6.98 million votes, followed by Peter Obi, who got 6.1 million votes.

Tinubu is 70 years old, and doubts have been raised on his ability to properly lead as his health looks to be deteriorating in some aspects. Regardless, he has won the election and is Nigerias’ new President-Elect.