Deji Adebayo, Abuja
The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as the president-elect of the February 25th Presidential Election.
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the National Collation Officer of the election, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, announced the former Lagos Governor’s victory, some minutes past 4am on Wednesday at the National Collation Centre in Abuja, a hall packed full of journalists, party agents and observers.
Prof. Yakubu said while declaring the results; “That Tinubu Bola Ahmed of the APC, having satisfied the requirement of the law, is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected,”
Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, won the polls in 11 states, including the home state of the APC candidate — Lagos. He also came out tops in the nation’s capital Abuja. Abubakar, like Tinubu, was victorious in 12 states.
Former Kano State Governor and candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso, finished fourth, claiming victory in his state — Kano. He secured 1,496,687 votes.
INEC Chairman’s announcement came four days after the vote, brings to a climax a presidential election marred by controversy, violence and ballot box snatching in some states of the country on February 25 during the election.