The United States has congratulated Bola Tinubu for his victory in the 2023 presidential election, calling it a new period for Nigeria's democracy and politics.
Speaking on the just-concluded polls on Wednesday, US State Department spokesman, Ned Price noted the frustrations expressed by some citizens over the election results and called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to improve on its shortcomings.
“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.
“We understand that many Nigerians and some of the parties have expressed frustration about the manner in which the process was conducted and the shortcomings of technical elements that were used for the first time in a presidential election cycle in Nigeria.
“We join other international observers in urging INEC to improve in the areas that need the most attention ahead of the March 11 gubernatorial elections”, Price stated.
Tinubu won the 2023 presidential election, polling 8,739,249 votes to beat his closest rival of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who got 6,954,286 votes.
The candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi came third, polling a total number of 5,702,043 votes.
Tinubu and his running mate Kashim Shettima received the certificates of return on Wednesday from INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu.
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