Atlanta, USA (CNN) – The Nigerian Election Commission announced Wednesday that the ruling party’s candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, won the presidential elections.
Tinubu, who is standing for the Congress Progressive Party, won the election by 8,794,726 votes, or 36.6% of the total number, according to figures announced by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Mahmoud Yakubu in Abuja on Wednesday.
Yacoubou said that the total number of votes counted is 24,15,940 votes out of 93,469,088 registered voters, with a turnout of 26%.
The 70-year-old former governor of Lagos state wields huge influence in the southwest region as a kingmaker and political godfather, representing the same party as outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari, whom Tinubu said helped usher him to the presidency in 2015.
After spending decades behind the scenes, Tinubu launched his campaign for the presidency under the slogan: “It’s my turn.” He previously faced charges of corruption, which he categorically denies. Some critics raised questions about his age and health, and cited video clips in which he appeared confused and his speech was incoherent. during his election campaign.