March 26, 2023
Tinubu extends a hand of friendship to Atiku, Obi, and Kwankwaso

Tinubu extends a hand of friendship to Atiku, Obi, and Kwankwaso

Tinubu extends a hand of friendship to Atiku, Obi, and Kwankwaso

Asíwájú Bola Tinubu, the incoming president, yesterday extended an olive branch to his fellow candidates for the February 25 presidential election.

In addition, he pledged to get to work right away after taking office and said he would do everything in his power to improve the nation.

Candidates for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Atiku Abubakar; the Labour Party (LP), Mr. Peter Obi; and the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), Sen. Musa Rabiu Kwankwaso, are among the main contenders.

Yesterday in Abuja, Tinubu said the following after receiving his Certificate of Return: “By accepting this certificate, I assume a sacred obligation I shall never neglect.

“I’ll labor all hours of the day and night for you, the people, especially the youth. In order to improve Nigeria, I shall exert all of my effort.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, who served as the Chief Returning Officer for the Presidential election last Saturday, handed out their Certificates of Return to Tinubu and his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima.

The President-Elect observed that the journey had been difficult, “however, we traveled it,” in his speech headlined “To serve the people,” in which he extended an olive branch to his opponents at the polls. The fight has been fiercely contested. Still, we prevailed.

He asserts that the fate of the country hinges on Nigerians’ capacity to let go of the fictitious limitations of bias and prejudice “so that we truly live unto our democratic belief that no one is fundamentally superior or entitled to greater rights and opportunities than any other Nigeria.”

Very soon, this country will see a young person stand in front of you with this magnificent emblem of democracy and governmental authority. A woman holding this diploma while standing in front of you will be our sight. We are going to have someone in this high office who is from a tribe that many have tried to say is somehow unfit for this position.

I won for everyone.

If this is to be considered a triumph at all, it cannot merely be a victory for one man or even one party, Tinubu added, turning to those who opposed his desire. For all Nigerians who are dedicated to a better society, it must become a victory. Many, I am aware, did not support me. And you’re disappointed that I’m not supporting your candidate right now. I recognize your hurt. I’m extending the warmth and comfort of a family member to you.

“This wonderful endeavor known as Nigeria beckons to us all. That is more significant and significant than any partisan split. I implore you, my supporters, to keep believing in the task we have set forth.

“To those who didn’t support me, I beg that you not let the disappointment of this time keep you from recognizing the historic national progress we can accomplish by joining hands and hearts in a single effort to pull this country through. In a nutshell, I am requesting your cooperation. Although I will soon be president, I still need your help. Yet, Nigeria needs you more. You have access to both my door and my heart. I invite you in so that we may start rebuilding our country’s house together, day by day and brick by brick.

“Let’s develop prosperity and jobs where there is poverty. Let’s feed the people in areas where there is hunger in order to eliminate it. Let us rediscover abundance where there is currently shortage. May we bring brotherhood where there is harshness. May we bring peace to the places where violence reigns. May we build enduring monuments of kindness and enduring affection where others have built temples of hatred and prejudice.


He declared, “This day will go down in history as the time when I formally stood before you as president-elect.

“I can hear you clearly,”

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When he was first announced as the winner, Tinubu claimed he knew the suffering and aspirations of young people in Nigeria and that the results of Saturday’s presidential election had confirmed his perceptions.

“Today, I hear you loud and clear, young people of this country. I am aware of your suffering and your desires for effective government, a running economy, and a secure country that will look out for you and your future. I am aware that for many of you, Nigeria has turned into a place of constant struggles that makes it difficult for you to see a promising future for yourselves.

“It will take the coordinated efforts of all of us, especially the young people, to renovate our priceless national house. Soon after being formally elected, he declared at his campaign council headquarters that “working together, we shall move this nation like never before.

Tinubu extends a hand of friendship to Atiku, Obi, and Kwankwaso

While offering his closest competitors in the race a hand of friendship, Tinubu did acknowledge that they have the right to seek redress in the legal system but cautioned them against using violence.

“Whether you are Batified, Atikulated, Obidient, Kwankwasiyya, or have any other political allegiance, you voted for a better, more hopeful country, and I thank you for your participation and commitment to our democracy.

“You made the decision to put your faith in the democratic vision of a Nigeria built on shared prosperity and fostered by the virtues of harmony, justice, peace, and tolerance. In Nigeria, there is new hope. I offer a hand of friendship to all of my fellow candidates, including former vice president Atiku Abubakar, former governor Kwankwaso, former governor Obi, and all others. This election season was fiercely competitive. I have the utmost regard for you. Political compromise and inclusive government must now take the place of political competition. You may have been my rival during the election, but you were never my foe. You two are my brothers in my heart.

“But, I am aware that some candidates will find it challenging to accept the election results. You have the right to take legal action. Anybody resorting to violence is not justifiable or right. Any legal challenge to the election results should be brought in a courtroom, not on the street. I also implore those who support me to let tensions subside and peace reign.

We ran a morally upright, nonviolent, and forward-thinking campaign. “Sure, there are disagreements among us that should not exist, but the aftermath of our campaign must be as benign. I extend a sincere hand of friendship to each and every one of you. At this crucial time, let’s show the nobler sides of our humanity. Let’s start by healing and bringing peace to our country, he advised.

El-Rufai responds to Tinubu’s victory, “I am relieved.”

Meanwhile, Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has asked the President-Elect to unify all Nigerians and those he called offspring of rage, divisiveness and religion.

El-Rufai said he was ultimately relieved that the APC candidate won despite all of the challenges on Wednesday in Abuja at the National Collation Centre where Tinubu was given his Certificate of Return.


We are overjoyed that Tinubu was elected throughout all of Nigeria’s geopolitical zones because the people of Nigeria were able to look at his track record, what he has accomplished in Lagos, and what he has been able to do by being included in Nigeria politics. Despite all the roadblocks put in our way and all the internal sabotage by those who were supposed to want the best for us, I am relieved and extremely joyful.

God has decided that He is the one who decides who has power and when. But, those who professed to be believers in it did not. They obstructed our way, caused issues for our party, and did all in their power to ensure that we lost, but Nigerians are wiser.

To unify Nigerians for progress, peace, and prosperity would require Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to bring the children of rage, the children of divisiveness, and the children of religion to the table. And we are certain that he is capable of leading the populace,” he added.

Akeredolu: Reconciliation Committee meeting with Atiku and others is put up by Tinubu

In a similar vein, Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu revealed yesterday that the president-elect has formed a reconciliation committee to meet with other candidates who ran for office on last Saturday.

“A Committee of Elders of the APC will soon commence to meet with co-contestants of the president-elect in an attempt to soothe their loss in the recently concluded presidential election,” Akeredolu said in a statement released by his chief press secretary, Richard Olatunde. Every person who feels wronged will be met and made whole. In order to begin the healing process, the President-elect has formed committees to meet with the men who ran for office. One of the committees includes me. We’re going to talk to them and try to convince them to cooperate. This election was not rigged in any way. According to how I see it, the number of people who cast ballots was not millions.

Osinbajo: Tinubu has shown a commitment to progressive ideas.

Moreover, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo congratulated Tinubu on his election and noted that the former governor of Lagos State has proven to be steadfast in his adherence to progressive and welfarist ideas as well as his capacity to forge ties across numerous divides.

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Osinbajo congratulated Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shettima, in a statement released by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande.

“In your prior years of public service, you have proven a constant devotion to progressive and welfarist ideas, as well as a capacity to build bridges across numerous divisions,” the Vice President said in a speech to the President-elect.

These qualities are particularly necessary now in order to connect with disenfranchised groups in our society and fulfill the aspirations of our young people, who have demonstrated such a strong desire to have a positive impact on our democratic process. I have faith that they won’t let whatever failures they may have suffered derail their steadfast commitment to shape the future of our country’s journey.

We must all keep our attention on the goal of creating the Nigeria of our dreams no matter what.

Akande added that earlier on Wednesday, the Vice President had presided over the Federal Executive Council meeting and had invited Federal Ministers to congratulate the former governor of Lagos, his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, the First Lady-Elect, and Senator Kashim Shettima, the vice president-elect.

“We wish him (Asiwaju) the absolute best as he prepares to lead the country in the next months,” the vice president stated.

The statement claims that Osinbajo gave the Secretary to the Government of the Federation instructions to formally transmit the Council’s congratulations.

Later, at the National Collation Center at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, the Vice President was present for the official presentation of the INEC Certificates of Return to the President-Elect and Vice President-Elect.

Senate: Tinubu will lead to greater prosperity for Nigeria.

In a same vein, the Senate congratulated Tinubu and Shettima on their victories in the elections held on Saturday, stating that with their help, Nigeria will advance further.

During yesterday’s plenary session in Abuja, Senate President Ahmad Lawan made the following statement: “Let me on behalf of the Senate congratulate Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who was proclaimed the winner by INEC early this morning. We pray for continued and improved growth and success in this nation. We also pray for the 10th Senate to offer the kind of assistance the President-elect will require to advance our nation.

In the meantime, Dr. Mahmuda Isah’s candidacy to the position of Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) was approved by the Senate yesterday.

The resolution of the upper chamber followed the review and adoption of the report of the INEC Committee, which was led by Senator Kabiru Gaya of the APC from Kano South.

On behalf of Senator Kabiru Gaya, the chairman of the committee, Senator Sadiq Umar (APC – Kwara North) delivered the report.

According to the report, the Committee found that Dr. Isah had complied with the requirements of Section 154(1), Sections 14(1) and (2) of the Third Schedule, Part 1F of the Constitution, and Orders 119 and 121 of the Senate Standing Orders, 2015 as follows: (amended).

Oshiomhole and the Edo APC applaud Tinubu’s triumph.

APC’s Edo state chapter and former national chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomhole were among those who praised Tinubu’s election victory.

The victory highlights the intimidating and outstanding credentials of the President-elect, which speaks volumes about his capacity and capability to successfully steer the ship of the Nigerian nation ashore from troubled waters, according to a statement by the party’s State Publicity Secretary, Uwadiae Igbinigie.

Moreover, Oshiomhole claimed that Tinubu’s “better vision for Nigeria assured your win” in a statement made by his chief media assistant, Victor Oshioke.

Oshiomhole expressed his relief and elation that Tinubu was chosen by Nigerians over the other candidates for the nation’s highest office, adding that “those of us who have worked closely with you never doubted the fact that you are the best person for this job at this time and your victory is a clear indication that Nigerians agreed with us.

“Your tremendous expertise in both the commercial and public sectors is exactly what is needed at this moment to put this wonderful country on the path to peace, prosperity, and advancement.”

British prime minister, congratulates Tinubu

Sunak, the British prime minister, congratulates Tinubu and says the relationship between the UK and Nigeria is still solid.

The UK’s Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, thanked Nigeria’s incoming President, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for winning the election and stated that relations between the UK and Nigeria were still good.

Congrats to @officialABAT on his triumph in Nigeria, Sunak wrote in a tweet. The ties between the UK and Nigeria are very strong. I’m excited to collaborate with you to strengthen our security and trade relations, expand economic prospects, and bring prosperity to both of our nations.


The ties between the UK and Nigeria are very strong. He continued, “I look forward to working with you to strengthen our security and trade relations, providing possibilities for businesses and prosperity in both of our countries.”

ECOWAS celebrates Tinubu

Moreover, Tinubu was congratulated by the Economic Community of West African States, or ECOWAS.

The congratulations were delivered in a statement released on Wednesday by Umaru Embaló, the head of the ECOWAS body of heads of state and government.

By addressing all complaints in accordance with the constitution, stakeholders, according to Embaló, must ensure that peace is maintained.


“We wish to convey our sincere congratulations to His Excellency Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his election as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the statement reads on behalf of General Umaru Sissoco Embaló, chair of the ECOWAS authority of heads of state and government, and the entire ECOWAS leadership.

Election Results for 2023

Bola Ahmed Tinubu  All Progressives Congress (APC) 8,794,726 (WINNER)
Atiku Wazari Abubakar  People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 6,984,520
Peter Gregory Obi Labour Party (LP) 6,101,533
Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) 1,496,687
Dumebi Kachikwu African Democratic Congress (ADC) 81,919
Prince Adebayo Adewole Social Democratic Party (SDP) 80,267
Nwanyanwu Daniel Daberechukwu


Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) 77,665
Kola Abiola People’s Redemption Party (PRP) 72,144
Prof. Peter Umeadi All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) 61,966
Christopher Irene Imumolen Accord Party 61,014

Ado-Ibrahim Abdulmalik


Young Progressives Party (YPP) 60,600
Yabagi Yusuf Sani  Action Democratic Party (ADP) 43,924
Princess Chichi Ojei, Allied Peoples Movement (APM) 25,961
Okwudili Nwa-Anyajike National Rescue Mission (NRM). 24,869

Adenuga Sunday Oluwafemi


Booth Party (BP) 16,156
Omoyele “Yele” Sowore African Action Congress (AAC) 14,608
Hamza al-Mustapha Action Alliance (AA) 14,542

Nnadi Charles Osita


Action Peoples Party (APP) 12,839


Tinubu extends a hand of friendship to Atiku Obi and Kwankwaso

Tinubu extends a hand of friendship to Atiku Obi and Kwankwaso

Tinubu extends a hand of friendship to Atiku Obi and Kwankwaso

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