Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the candidate for the ruling All Progressives Congress party, the winner of the presidential election held on Saturday.
INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu stated that Tinubu had received almost 8.8 million votes in the most closely contested election since Nigeria became a democracy. Opposition candidates Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi received nearly seven million and over six million votes, respectively.
Supporters of Tinubu celebrated the win, but many opposition supporters are unhappy with the outcome and believe that the election was not a fair representation of the views of Nigerian citizens. The opposition parties are planning to challenge the results in court, alleging voter suppression and vote manipulation.
The INEC has reported that only 25 million of the 87 million eligible voters cast ballots in the election, the lowest number in decades.
But opposition supporters are not celebrating. Abuja resident Augustine Ameh woke up to the news and said that, “I’m really not excited about the outcome of the presidential elections because I feel that a lot of Nigerians were not given the opportunity to speak out with their votes.”
“I feel this is not a victory for Nigeria,” Ameh added. “This is a victory for a select few.”