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Nigerian Court Confirms President Tinubu's Electoral Victory amidst Allegations of Irregularities

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Nigerian Court Confirms President Tinubu's Electoral Victory amidst Allegations of Irregularities
The Nigerian court has upheld President Bola Tinubu's victory in the highly contested elections, dismissing the allegations of irregularities raised by his main rivals. Despite concerns over incomplete electronic transmission of votes and qualifications, Tinubu's win has been confirmed, prompting calls for collective efforts to build the nation.

Lagos, 6 sept (EFE) - A court in Nigeria has confirmed President Bola Tinubu's electoral victory in the closely fought elections held on February 25th, after rejecting challenges made by his two main opposition rivals due to alleged irregularities.

The Nigerian Presidential Petitions Tribunal, based in Abuja, the capital city, dismissed the petitions filed by Peter Obi, leader of the Labour Party (LP), and Atiku Abubakar of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), declaring them unwarranted.

Obi and Abubakar secured second and third place in the elections, respectively, with 29% and 25% of the votes. They disputed the results, stating that the electronic transmission of votes from polling stations could not be completed due to technical issues, an explanation provided by the country's electoral commission.

Additionally, Abubakar's petition accused Tinubu of being "unqualified to contest the elections" due to a lack of secondary or tertiary education.

The European Union's observation mission noted that the elections "exposed systemic weaknesses" and emphasized the need for further legal and operational reforms to enhance transparency, inclusivity, and accountability.

President Tinubu, despite the allegations from his rivals, was inaugurated on May 29th after taking the oath of office. He secured victory with 36% of the votes, according to the electoral commission.

The Presidential Petitions Tribunal holds the authority to cancel the recent electoral results, confirm another candidate's victory, or order a rerun of the elections. Despite numerous presidential candidates filing petitions against their defeats since Nigeria's return to democracy in 1999, the court has never ruled in their favor.

Tinubu, aged 71, belonging to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), "welcomed the tribunal's verdict" and called for "collective efforts to build the nation," as stated in a press release by the Presidency.

Despite ongoing appeals from the opposition, who can still bring the case to the Supreme Court, Tinubu has garnered international acceptance. During the court hearing, he was in India, prepared to attend the G20 Summit (a group of developed and emerging countries).

Tinubu succeeded former President Muhammadu Buhari, aged 80, who was unable to seek re-election after completing the constitutional two-term limit in office.

Nigeria, with a population exceeding 213 million, is Africa's most populous country and boasts the continent's largest economy, largely supported by its significant oil production.

Nevertheless, the nation faces challenges such as increasing insecurity in certain regions, constant criminal banditry attacks resulting in lucrative ransoms, the presence of jihadist groups, and separatist rebels.

The Tinubu Administration also needs to address economic issues including the devaluation of the local currency (naira), rampant inflation, high unemployment rates, and vast social inequalities.

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