Bola Tinubu, a candidate for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nigeria, has been proclaimed the victor of the presidential election, prompting conflicting reactions across the West African nation.
After receiving 37% of the vote in the election held on Saturday, Tinubu was proclaimed the winner and re-elected, according to an announcement made on Wednesday by the head of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmood Yakubu.
“I hereby accept this mandate, which is serious. While his fans applauded “jagaban,” his local chieftain title, Tinubu gave an acceptance speech. “To serve you,… to work with you and make Nigeria great,” he declared.
Reactions So far?
A tiny group of demonstrators in Abuja sang socially conscious Nigerian music while holding signs in Millennium Park, which is across from the posh hotel where many election observers have been staying.
Significant logistical issues, disenfranchised voters, and a lack of openness on the part of the electoral commission have been raised by at least two observer missions, including the European Union team.
Two vice presidential candidates, Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed and Ifeanyi Okowa, as well as leaders of the opposition Labour Party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and African Democratic Congress held back-to-back press conferences at the hotel on Tuesday.
Julius Abure, the chairman of the Labour Party, alleged widespread manipulation and said, “That is, to put it mildly, a rape on democracy.”
The vote totaling was referred to as a “vote allocation” by PDP mainstay Dino Melaye.
In order to increase transparency, the electoral commission implemented biometric voter identification technology at the national level for the first time as well as a platform for submitting election results.
The system’s inability to upload tallies, according to the opposition and its backers, allowed for ballot tampering and discrepancies in the results of the human counts at the polling places.
In the eyes of God, the man [Tinubu] is not the victor, a shopkeeper named Mercy Efong declared in Awka, the state capital of Anambra, the home state of Labour Party candidate Peter Obi.
Even yet, there were celebrations on Wednesday at the APC’s campaign headquarters and in some areas of Lagos as the political kingmaker eventually became king, becoming the first Nigerian “political godfather” to ever fulfill his dream of becoming president.
What happen next?
On May 29, Tinubu will take office as president of the democracy with the largest population in Africa. President Muhammadu Buhari, who is leaving office, established a committee in February to facilitate the transition.
But before then, the opposition plans to launch a vigorous legal defense.
The Labour Party’s Baba-Ahmed and Obi declared that they would appear in court as soon as possible. “The legal team is assembling the papers.”
Days after the results are announced, petitions challenging the results may be brought in court. All challenges should be resolved by the election petition tribunal within 180 days. The petitions are ultimately decided by the Supreme Court.
What awaits the elected president?
If sworn in as expected, Tinubu will take over a contentious nation that Buhari left behind. The election results highlight its divisions. Despite losing Abuja, the nation’s capital, and Lagos, his hometown, Tinubu won 12 of the nation’s 36 states. In a nation where Christians and Muslims are split about equally, he and vice president-elect Kashim Shettima are both Muslims.
The economy of Nigeria is also having trouble. Due in part to poor policy decisions and the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects, it has had two recessions in the past five years. In the weeks running up to the election, countrywide rage has also been brought on by cash and fuel shortages.
Almost all six of its geopolitical zones are plagued by widespread insecurity, which the incoming administration will also have to cope with.
Many armed groups are active throughout the nation, including secessionists in the southeast and bandit gangs in the northwest and central parts of Nigeria. In the northeast, Boko Haram has been waging a 13-year war.