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General News of Wednesday, 1 March 2023


Revealed: Factors that catapulted Tinubu to victory

Bola Ahmed Tinubu Bola Ahmed Tinubu

The figure released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has indicated that Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is the president-elect in the 2023 presidential election.

He won the poll with 8,794,726 votes under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Tinubu conquered his closest rival from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, who came second in the poll with total votes of 6,984,550.

Coming third and fourth in the election were Peter Obi and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the Labour Party and New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), who garnered 6,101,533 and 1,496,687 respectively.

Tinubu was faced with lots of challenges but was able to cross the bridge won the election due to major factors.

Factors that lead Tinubu to victory:

1. Self-claim fortune

The former governor of Lagos state was very firm in his determination to become the president of Nigeria. He never showed pessimism during his journey to victory, always telling 'I will win' each time he was asked if he was prepared to lose the election.

This self-acclaim fortune worked for him at every point of challenges that arose, and he defeated the odds before him during the electioneering.

2. Abeokuta Declarations

Tinubu made 2 different statements during his campaign in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital. He made the first comment when he met with the delegate of his party ahead of the presidential primary of the APC.

There, the president-elect first used the word "Emi Lokan" and narrated how he has been supporting many politicians who now betrayed him ahead of the election.

The second statement was made after he got the presidential ticket of the APC and took his campaign to the state capital of the Yoruba political legend, Obafemi Awolowo.

This was a time President Muhammadu Buhari's administration introduced the naira redesign policy, and fuel scarcity was at its peak in the country.

He posited that no matter the policy put in place to scuttle his chances of winning the poll, he would triumph in the election and he won.