Abuja, 2 March 2023 (TDI): Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been declared a new President of Nigeria after contesting an election with other two prominent candidates.
United Kingdom’s (UK) Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak congratulated Bola Ahmed Tinubu upon his winning the Presidential election in Nigeria.
For Tinubu, his victory is the culmination of deeply held ambition. Tinubu’s campaign slogan was “emi lo kan” in his native Yoruba “It’s my turn” & now it is. He won just over 36% of the vote in one of the most tightly contested polls since the end of military rule.
He lost in his home state but won by a clear margin in the rest of the country defeating 76-year-old Atiku Abubakar, a six-time presidential contestant, & 61-year-old Peter Obi, a third-party candidate who galvanized huge support from voters disaffected with the traditional political class.
He also said, “The UK-Nigeria relationship remains strong, I look forward to working together to grow our security and trade ties, opening up opportunities for businesses and creating prosperity in both our countries.”
Notably, Nigeria and the UK already agreed to deepen trade policy cooperation in the interest of both countries, in late 2022.
Both countries agreed that their economic partnership should support Nigerian and British businesses, create jobs for women and youth and secure greater investments in both directions.
It was also agreed that both countries under these economic partnerships should support Nigerian and British businesses, create jobs for women and youth and secure greater investments in both directions.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who is expected to conclude his second tenure in office on May 29 also congratulated Tinubu, who he described as the best man for the job.
Muhammadu Bihari also added, “Elected by the people, he is the best person for the job. I shall now work with him and his team to ensure an orderly handover of power,”
Further, he added, “The election was Africa’s largest democratic exercise. In a region that has undergone backsliding and military coups in recent years, this election demonstrates democracy’s continued relevance & capability to deliver for the people it serves.”