5th March, 2023
Nigeria’s President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has landed in Lagos, first time since he was declared winner of last weekend’s presidential election.
The president-elect was received at the airport by Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Chief of Staff, Tayo Ayinde; former Lagos Deputy Governor, Femi Pedro; veteran politician Senator Musiliu Obanikoro; former Commissioner for Environment in Lagos, Muiz Banire and Woman Leader in the state, Jumoke Okoya-Thomas, among others.
On arriving Lagos, Tinubu went straight to the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu’s palace to show him his Certificate of Return received from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Tinubu had polled 8,794,726 votes to defeat his closest rivals, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party and Labour Party candidate, Peter Obi, who had 6,984,520 and 6,101,533 votes respectively.
In an earlier statement on Sunday, the president-elect said the past few days had been a whirlwind for him and for many Nigerians.
“We have, through our electoral process, consolidated our democracy as a nation and, by the Grace of Almighty God, I have been given the mandate to lead the nation for the next four years as its President.
“I deeply appreciate the congratulatory messages that have come in from friends and well-wishers from home and abroad. The messages of goodwill and solidarity have been so overwhelming for me to mention you all by name.
“I am particularly grateful to many world leaders from our African neighbours, our friends in The Commonwealth, and from the other parts of the world who welcomed my election with heartwarming messages.
“The support and assurance I have received from the international community is a reminder of the important role Nigeria has in the world and an encouraging sign that the rest of the world remains interested in constructive and beneficial cooperation with the Federal Republic of Nigeria. As President-elect of this great nation, I say thank you.
“To those who have extended the arm of friendship, I offer mine in return. This is a good time to believe in the Nigerian dream; a good time to believe in our renewed hope. The Nigerian eagle shall fly high. Thank you,” he said.