Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has reacted to the victory of Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the just concluded presidential election.
Osinbajo, who was said to have shown no interest in Tinubu’s campaign, wrote to congratulate Tinubu, who the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared winner of the 2023 Presidential Election.
Early Wednesday morning INEC, Mahmood Yakubu said that Tinubu polled a total of 8,794,726 to defeat Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Peter Obi of the Labour Party, LP who scored 6,984, 520 and 6,101,533, respectively.
Tinubu also fulfilled the 25 percent votes from 24 States as stipulated in the Electoral Act 2022 (as amended), and so was declared winner of the highly contested polls.
Osinbajo’s letter to Tinubu, made available to journalists in Abuja by his senior special adviser on media, Laolu Akande, said, “I warmly congratulate the flagbearer of our great party, the All Progressives Congress, His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on his victory at the 2023 Presidential Elections, and his declaration as President-Elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“I also congratulate His Excellency, Senator Kashim Shettima on his declaration as Vice President-Elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Addressing the President-Elect, the VP stated that “in your previous years of public service, you have demonstrated a consistent fidelity to progressive and welfarist ideals, and an ability to build bridges across several divides.
“These attributes are needed especially at this time, to reach out to disaffected sections of our society and to meet the aspirational expectations of our young people who have shown such a strong desire to impact our democratic process in a positive way.
“I trust that they will not allow whatever setbacks they may have experienced to truncate their strong desire to determine the future course of our national journey.
“Through thick and thin, we must all remain focused on the objective of birthing the Nigeria of our dreams.
“I pray that Almighty God will help you to fulfil the progressive mandate of our Party, as well as your various plans to improve the security, welfare and happiness of all Nigerians.”