JUST IN: UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak congratulates Tinubu as Nigeria’s president-elect

The United Kingdom prime minister Rishi Sunak has congratulated Nigeria’s president-elect Bola Tinubu on his victory at the 2023 presidential election.

Tinubu early hours of Today, Wednesday, March 1, 2023, was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.

The Nigeria president-elect was the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election where he triumphed over his major opponents Atiku Abubakar of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party’s Peter Obi and candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP).

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Tinubu polled 8,794,726 votes and was followed by Atiku who got 6,984,520 votes, Obi polled 6,101,533 votes and Kwankwaso with 1,496,687 votes,

In a tweet on Wednesday, the UK prime minister while congratulating Tinubu, said he look forward to working with him, noting that the relationship between the UK and Nigeria are strong.

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“Congratulations to Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his victory in Nigeria,” Sunak tweeted Wednesday.

“The UK-Nigeria relationship remains strong. I look forward to working together to grow our security and trade ties, opening up opportunities for businesses and creating prosperity in both our countries.”

Meanwhile, Tinubu has called on those that didn’t support his candidature to join hands with him in a common endeavor to pull the nation through.

Tinubu stated: “As I hold this certificate, this moment is one of celebration and gladness for us.
The road has been long. Yet, we walked it. The battle has been hard fought. Yet, we won it.

“But more importantly, I realize that I am just a servant of a larger purpose. You see, this is more than a document confirming the positive outcome of an election.

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“At its most sublime, this certificate also symbolizes that each of you has the ability to achieve what others believe is impossible for you to achieve.”

Tinubu noted that while he stood before Nigerians as the president elect, he was no different than anyone, saying if he could do this, others can do it and do it better.

According to him, Our destiny as a people and nation depends on our ability to shed the artificial restrictions of bias and prejudice so that we live fully unto our democratic creed that no one is innately superior or entitled to greater rights and opportunities than any other Nigerian.

The president elect stressed that very soon, the nation would witness a young person standing before the nation holding this great symbol of democracy and national leadership.

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