AFP Tinubu supporters celebrate at the APC campaign office in Abuja
NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 05:07
Nigeria’s electoral commission has declared Bola Tinubu the winner of the presidential election. The candidate of ruling party APC thus becomes the successor of his party colleague Muhammadu Buhari.
Tinubu received 8.8 million of the votes. His main competitor Atiku Abubakar (PDP) received just under 7 million votes and Peter Obi of the Labor Party came third with 6.1 million votes. The results were announced live on television by the Election Commission.
The elections have been difficult so far. The two largest opposition parties had already called for new elections before the results were announced. They allege widespread violence, voter intimidation and fraud. Parties have three weeks to object to the results of the elections.
Problems with results
The elections were on Sunday. That the results are trickling in so slowly is because the uploading of results from the constituencies had been delayed. European Union observers confirm that there were problems and say they are concerned about the consequences.
The elections were generally peaceful, say observers. Incidents were spread across the country, but there was no large-scale violence, they say.
After his inauguration, Tinubu is allowed to focus on the major problems that Nigeria has, including high unemployment, corruption, crime and shortages of energy and cash.