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General News of Wednesday, 1 March 2023


Nigeria Elections: Ayo Fayose congratulates President-elect Tinubu

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Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose has congratulated Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the president-elect on his victory in the presidential elections.

He said in a tweet: "I congratulate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on his election as the next President of Nigeria. As the presidential election comes to an end, I urge other contestants, especially Atiku Abubakar to accept the outcome in the overall interest of our country. There will always be another day."

Fayose has been at loggerheads with the PDP since he dropped out of the presidential primaries of the PDP.

Recall that he said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has no “moral right” to claim patriotism after Dino Melaye, a Chieftain of the party protested at the national collation center in Abuja over the results of the presidential election as announced by states.

In his post, Fayose commended Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP), and criticized the PDP for failing to take steps to address the crisis in the party which led to the setup of the G5 group.

“I commend the courage and resilience the Labour Party (LP) Presidential candidate HE. Peter Obi, for his uncommon and unprecedented outing and outcome of this election. It is not unexpected going by support he enjoys with Nigerians,” the post reads.

“However, I cannot but berate the PDP which has no moral right to cry foul.
Those handling the party obviously knew this was going to be the outcome and possibly the end of their arrogance and sense of entitlement, especially bearing in mind they were the 2015 traitors.

“In life, they say what goes round comes round. Beyond this, does the PDP [want] to win an election with the fractured party that it is now? Kwankanso, Obi, etc were driven out of the party and they claimed they can win without the G5 Governors.

The electoral commission, INEC declared Bola Tinubu, the candidate of Nigeria’s ruling party, APC, as the winner of Saturday’s presidential election.

Mr Tinubu defeated 17 other candidates who took part in the election. He scored a total of 8,794,726 votes, the highest of all the candidates, thus meeting the first constitutional requirement to be declared the winner.