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General News of Wednesday, 1 March 2023


I will not let you down - Tinubu to Nigerians in first speech

President-elect Bola Tinubu President-elect Bola Tinubu

President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu says renewed hope is here as he was declared the winner of the 2023 presidential elections.

Giving his acceptance speech after he was declared the winner of the elections by the Chief Returning Officer of the federation, INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the former Lagos governor says he knows Nigerians are “uncertain, angry and hurt”.

Tinubu polled 8,794,726 votes to defeat Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who had 6,984,520 votes, while Peter Obi, candidate of the Labour Party (LP), secured 6,101,533.

“Yes, there are divisions amongst us that should not exist. Many people are uncertain, angry and hurt; I reach out to every one of you. Let the better aspects of our humanity step forward at this fateful moment. Let us begin to heal and bring calm to our nation,” he said.

Tinubu promised to be a “servant” to Nigerian youths, saying he has heard them “loud and clear”.

“We are on this journey together. I will not let you down. There will be no university strike again and your universities shall be autonomous, there shall be student loans. I’ll be your servant, not your leader,” he said.

Tinubu praised Ibrahim Masari, the placeholder as a vice-presidential candidate, for his integrity, noting that “he did what he was supposed to do as a leader, dependable, and honest human being”.