Bola Ahmed Tinubu has received congratulations from the United States of America after being named the victor of the Nigerian presidential election that took place on February 25.
Following the announcement of Tinubu’s victory in the February 25 presidential election in Nigeria, the US sent congratulations to him in a statement by Ned Prince, the spokesman for the US State Department.
He characterized the race as noteworthy and the first in Nigeria’s contemporary political history, which reflected the variety of viewpoints that characterized the campaign and the desires of Nigeria’s voters.
The politics and democracy of Nigeria are entering a new era as a result of this competitive election.
A notable first in Nigeria’s modern political history, “each of the top three candidates was the leading vote-getter in 12 states, reflecting the diversity of views that characterized the campaign and the wishes of Nigeria’s voters.”
The Nigerian people were praised by the State Department for their active participation and their strong commitment to their country, which was demonstrated by their participation in the democratic process, especially the youth who were mostly unfamiliar with the electoral process.
Furthermore, the US acknowledged that there were numerous complaints from Nigerians who claimed that the election was rigged because of purported technical equipment failures that were introduced for the first time in Nigeria’s election history. “Nigerians should have high expectations for their electoral processes and are certainly within their rights to express such concerns. In order to prepare for the March 11 gubernatorial elections, INEC must, along with other international observers, make progress in the areas that require the most attention.
The US also urged members of the opposing party to challenge the results of the electoral process using the legal provisions available to them if they were unhappy with the results, urging them to forgo any act of violence or other inciting behavior in the process.
We call on all parties, candidates, and supporters to refrain from violence or inflammatory rhetoric at this crucial time. We urge the government, security forces, political actors, and all citizens to respect the media’s critical role by refraining from any damaging acts against them and ensuring accountability for such acts when they do occur. The statement also spoke out against the attacks that were made against media personnel during the course of the election.
While urging the government, security personnel, political figures, and all citizens to respect the media’s crucial function by refraining from any negative actions against them and making sure that those responsible are held accountable when negative actions do take place.
Ned Price praised Nigerians for demonstrating a strong commitment to democracy, praising in particular the large number of young people who are still relatively inexperienced in the political system.
Price praised the media and civil society for their proactive efforts to advance political discourse on matters that matter to citizens and to advance electoral norms.