Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been declared the winner of Nigeria’s controversial presidential elections, as opposition leaders decry the polls as rigged and name for a contemporary vote.

Tinubu represents the ruling All Progressives Congress get together, which obtained shut to eight.8 million votes, based on Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) chairman Mahmood Yakubu on Wednesday.

Movies from the capital Abuja present scattered applause after Yakubu introduced the consequence.

This election is likely one of the most fiercely contested for the reason that nation returned to democratic rule in 1999, with 93 million folks registered to vote and 87.2 million choosing up their voter’s card total, based on the INEC.

Tinubu, the 70-year-old former governor of Lagos state, represents the identical get together as outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari, who Tinubu mentioned he helped propel to the highest seat in 2015.

Vote counting since Saturday’s polls has been vehemently challenged by many who allege the method has been marred by corruption and technical failures. On Tuesday, the nation’s predominant opposition events described the outcomes of the election as “closely doctored and manipulated” in a joint press convention.

The INEC has rejected these claims, with one spokesperson insisting the election course of had been “free, truthful and credible.”

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