- The United States of America has congratulated Nigeria's president-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, amidst all the agitation against the validity of polls
- However, the USA also has urged Nigerians to keep calm and avoid violence as they vent their grievances
- The country further implored aggrieved parties to go to a court of law to make their case and contest the outcome of the polls
The emergence of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Nigeria's president-elect has been acknowledged by the United States of America.
As reported by the Punch newspaper, the United States on Wednesday, March 1, congratulated Tinubu on his triumph at the presidential polls.
However, the USA has called for calm amongst aggrieved political parties amid allegations of technical issues encountered with the technology used during the election.
The US State Department spokesperson, Ned Price, said:
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“The United States congratulates the people of Nigeria, president-elect Tinubu and all the political leaders.
“This competitive election represents a new period for Nigerian politics and democracy.”
In his statement, Price acknowledged the agitations from different quarters contesting the validity of the election's outcome.
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He urged aggrieved persons not to resort to violence but go through legal means to settle their displeasure.
“We understand that many Nigerians and some of the parties have expressed frustration about the manner in which the process was conducted
“Nigerians are clearly within their rights to have such concerns and should have high expectations for their electoral process.
“We call on all parties to refrain from violence or inflammatory rhetoric at this critical time.”
Bola Tinubu was declared the winner of the 2023 presidential election after polling 8.8 million votes.
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His opponent, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled 6.9 million while Labour Party bannerman Peter Obi polled 6.1 million votes to come in third place.
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In another development, Bola Tinubu, the elected president in the just concluded 2023 presidential election, will be moved to the Defence House in Maitama, FCT, today, Thursday, March 2.
The President-elect will be at the Defence House and start receiving briefings as the president till May 29, when he will be sworn in.
APC presidential campaign council disclosed the development in a tweet on Thursday, the day after Tinubu was declared the poll winner.
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While reacting to Bola Tinubu's victory, the first lady maintained that the former governor of Lagos state would deliver on his campaign promises.
She, however, urged Nigerians to be patient with the president-elect while noting the change they desire is a process that requires unity, trust and togetherness.