Nigeria’s President-Elect Tinubu Roars in Victory, Says “It’s My Turn Actually”

Nigeria’s President-Elect Tinubu Roars in Victory, Says “It’s my turn actually” (News Central TV)

Mahmood Yakubu, the head of the Independent National Electoral Commission, named Bola Tinubu the victor of the 2023 presidential election.

Out of the 36 states in the federation, Tinubu, the national leader of the APC, triumphed in 12 of them. However, he was trounced by Obi in Lagos State, which he had ruled for eight years between 1999 and 2007.

Parallel to this, he lost Katsina to Atiku of the PDP. Katsina is the home state of President Muhammadu Buhari, a leader of his party whose second term ends on May 29 of this year.

Niger, Benue, Kogi, Zamfara, Jigawa, Oyo, Rivers, Ogun, Ondo, Kwara, Ekiti, and Borno are the states that the Jagaban Borgu won.

“It’s my turn actually!” An ecstatic Bola Tinubu roared an hour after he was declared on Wednesday morning.

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“I am profoundly humbled to serve as the 16th President of our beloved country. This is a shining moment in the life of any man and an affirmation of our democratic existence,” 

“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 together,” he said.

The route to success as they say is always long and difficult. This statement describes Tinubu ascent to president which he himself has remarked that is “long life ambition.”

The former Lagos State governor had to withstand all storms to initially cling the ticket of his party in June, 2022 having confronted heavy opposition from roughly 23 competitors fighting for the nomination.

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That included even his political friends from the south-west zone like Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Governor Kayode Fayem of Ekiti State, Ajayi Borofice, deputy senate leader, Ibikunle Amosun and Demiji Bankole, former speaker of the House of Representatives.

In 1992, Tinubu was first and foremost elected as a senator to represent Lagos West under the Social Democratic Party (SDP) flag. He was also one of the campaigners that pushed for the restoration of democracy utilising the NADECO platform.

In the first post-transition election for governor of Lagos State in 1999, Tinubu of the Alliance for Democracy defeated Dapo Sarumi of the Peoples Democratic Party and Architect Nosirudeen Kekere-Ekun of the All Peoples Party. In 2003, he won reelection, and he served until his resignation in 2007. One of Nigeria’s most powerful politicians, Tinubu continues to play a major role in politics in Lagos and other states, particularly in the South West.

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