No revolution: gaining continuity in Nigeria

Nigeria chose continuity. Representing Africa’s largest economy and the continent’s most populous nation, Bola Ahmed Tinubu won the presidential election, confirming the dominance of Nigeria’s established political elite. However, the opposition and various international observers condemned the fraud. A Member of Congress of All Progressives (PCA), like outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari, the wealthy 70-year-old former governor of Lagos beat his main rivals Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi and 15 other candidates running in one election. The most competitive country in Nigeria since the end of the military regime in 1999.

When the official results were announced, Tinubu thanked the voters and said, “This is a bright moment in every person’s life and a confirmation of our democratic existence.” Saying, “I represent a promise and I know that this promise will be kept with your support,” the President also addressed his “competition mates” and asked them to “team together” to strengthen the country.

After nearly four days of chaotic counting, Tinubu, long known as a “political godfather” with enormous influence, won with 8.79 million votes, or about 36.6% of the total, overtaking the 6.98 million main opposition rival, Atiku. came to power. Abubakar. As for Peter Obi, who came in third among the considered favorites, the votes for him were just 6.1 million (the youngest of the three 61-year-olds), although several observers underlined the value of his result by portraying him as an energetic businessman. He ran an intense election campaign that reached his social classes. In the country of 83 million people, voter turnout was very low and stood at 26%, according to the Independent National Election Commission (INEC).

The opposition condemned the fraud and called for a return to the polls, and multiple observers, including those from the European Union, criticized the election, even arguing that it would “degrade confidence in the process and question the right to vote”. A joint observer mission of the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) said, “The election fell far short of the reasonable expectations of Nigerian citizens.” said.

In response to several criticisms, election officials said the results were fully justified, accusing opponents of inciting “lawlessness and anarchy”. Tinubu argued that “the flaws reported were relatively minor and did not affect the final outcome of the elections”.

Faced with widespread economic turmoil, widespread violence and corruption in the country, Nigerians (also in Europe) hope to take decisive action to resolve these multiple crises that have been intersecting for years. In this environment of optimism, analysts underlined that none of the candidates was a former military officer despite the limited number of women in the seventh consecutive elections (a small success for the African state). lizza (less than 10%) expressed many concerns. Evin İncir, Head of Delegation to the European Parliament, expressed her views on this last point, saying, “The next government and parliament should take into account the manifestos of Nigeria’s main political parties demanding positive action.” quotas”.

Tinubu was born in Lagos in 1952 to a Muslim family belonging to the Yoruba ethnic group, although some say he was much older. He then moved to the USA in the 1970s where he studied Economics, graduating in 1979 and then returned to Nigeria in the 1980s and worked at Mobil oil company before approaching politics. With the end of military rule and the onset of democracy, he was elected governor of Lagos in 1999 and served two terms before leaving office in 2007. godfather, who always used his power from behind the scenes.” Now power has finally conquered him.

Source: Today IT