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Nigeria ruling party picks ex-governor of Lagos Tinubu to run for president

Nigeria ruling party picks ex-governor of Lagos Tinubu to run for president

Nigeria ruling party picks ex-governor of Lagos Tinubu to run for president

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  • Nigeria’s ruling party has chosen its presidential candidate for 2023.
  • Bola Tinubu is a former governor of Lagos State.
  • The elections will be held after President Muhammadu Buhari leaves office next year.
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Nigeria’s ruling party announced Bola Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos State, as its presidential candidate for the elections set for February 2023.

President Muhammadu Buhari will leave office next year after serving for the maximum eight years permitted by the constitution as the leader of Africa’s most populous country and top oil exporter.

Buhari, unlike many other African leaders who are leaving office, has not picked a successor, leaving the field wide open.
In the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries, Tinubu, 70, defeated 13 other contenders. He received 1,271 votes from APC delegates, compared to 316 for his closest rival, another ex-governor. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Buhari’s deputy, came in third place with only 235 votes.

Tinubu said in his acceptance speech that if elected, he will focus on lowering insecurity in Nigeria, which is a big worry. Other goals, he said, will include developing local manufacturing and constructing a big port in Calabar, in the country’s southeast.
“I am both a thinker and a doer. We are going to make money. Nigeria will be turned around by us. It’ll be our Eldorado, we’ll say “he stated

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In Nigeria, which has a long history of electoral fraud and violence, the ruling party candidate is usually considered the favourite. Buhari, on the other hand, was the opposition candidate in 2015 when he won one of the country’s cleanest elections.

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Tinubu’s major opponent will be Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, who served as Vice President from 1999 to 2007.

“If Tinubu wins, his presidency will be defined by dealing with a sluggish economy, widespread dissatisfaction with the political class, a deteriorating geopolitical climate in Nigeria’s immediate vicinity, and growing security issues,” said risk analyst Ikemesit Effiong.

“His plan to address these issues is still a mystery,” said Effiong, the head of research at risk advice firm SBM Intelligence.

 

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Tinubu, a deft politician, acquired a strong foundation of support during his eight years as governor of Lagos, from 1999 to 2007. He has remained immensely influential since stepping down, with many of his faithful proteges holding key positions in government and business.

Supporters portray him as a capable administrator with a talent for selecting qualified technocrats to complete tasks.

Critics accuse him of acting like a godfather, handing out big contracts and high-paying employment to his pals and not afraid to use goons to intimidate opponents if he doesn’t get his way. That is a description he does not agree with.

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