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The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is set to be declared the winner of the 2023 presidential election after polling 8,805,420 votes in the February 25th election.
A tally of the votes announced by electoral officials from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory at the national collation centre in Abuja showed Tinubu led his closest challenger, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, by no fewer than 1.8 million votes.
At the end of the collation and announcement of election results on Tuesday, Atiku polled 6,984,290 votes to place second, while the Labour Party candidate, Peter Obi, came third with 6,093,962 votes.
The trio won in 12 states each.
This is as the APC and its presidential candidate, Tinubu, filed a suit to restrain the Labour Party and the PDP from stopping the collation and announcement of the results of the February 25 presidential election.
In the suit instituted before the Federal High Court in Kano and marked FHC/KN/CS/43/2023, the vice presidential candidate of the APC, Kashim Shettima, was listed as the plaintiff while the Action Alliance and the Independent National Electoral Commission were also joined as defendants.
In a motion on notice filed alongside the originating summons before the federal high court, Kano, the plaintiffs asked the court to make an order restraining the defendants from stopping the collation and announcement of the results.
Listed as 1st to 4th defendants in the suit marked FHC/KN/CS/43/2023 were the Action Alliance, Labour Party, Peoples Democratic Party and the Independent National Electoral Commission, while the vice presidential candidate of the APC, Kashim Shettima, was also listed as a plaintiff.
The plaintiffs stated that “damages will not adequately compensate for the injury that may be occasioned on the Plaintiffs if the Defendants stop the collation of the result.”
In the motion on notice, the plaintiffs are seeking an “order of interim injunction restraining the 1st to 3rd defendants, their privies, agents, associates, assigns, sympathizers, supporters or any other person described from taking any step that is capable of preventing the 4th Defendant
from completing the process of the conduct of the Presidential election held on 25” February 2023 which includes the collation and announcement of the result of the presidential election duly collated and announced by the State Collation Officers of the 36 State of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, pending the hearing and determination of the plaintiff/applicant’s substantive suit”.
The plaintiffs also stated that the 1st to 3rd defendants staged a walkout from the collation centre adding that “the former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has also issued a statement calling on the Defendants to stop the collation of the result”.
They further stated that the “suit raises serious issues of law which have bright chances of success” and “that the Plaintiffs undertake to pay damages to the defendants if this order ought not to have been made”.
“That this matter is one that requires urgency in order to preserve the said subject matter of this suit as the Defendant will not in any way be prejudiced by the grant of same”
Meanwhile, the results have been released in the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory. In the result released on Tuesday evening in Borno State, Tinubu polled 252,282 votes across the 27 local government areas and was declared the winner by the state Collation Officer, Prof. Jude Rabo.
Atiku and Obi could only garner 190,921 votes and 7,205, respectively while Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party amassed 4,626 votes.
In Rivers State, Tinubu raked in 231,591 votes from 23 LGAs while the LP scored 175, 071 votes and the PDP polled 88, 468 votes.
The Federal Capital Territory, however, proved to be a game changer for the Labour Party, which floored both Tinubu and his PDP counterpart.
Obi’s popularity in Abuja fetched him 281,717 votes while the former Lagos governor and the former VP shared the remaining slots of 90,902 votes and 74,149 respectively. Kwankwaso also polled 4,517 votes.
But Tinubu made up for his losses in some northern and middle belt states which included Zamfara, Kwara, Kogi, Benue and Kogi States.
In Benue, the APC amassed 310,468 votes to relegate LP (308,372), PDP (130,081) and NNPP (4,740) to second, third and fourth places.
In Zamfara State, he polled 298,396 votes against LP’s 1,660; NNPP’s 4,044 and the PDP’s 193,978 votes.
As expected, Obi soared above other candidates in Plateau where he won by 466,272 votes compared to APC’s 307,195; PDP’s 243,808 while NNPP settled for 8,869 votes.
The states won by Tinubu so far include Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Kwara, Ekiti, Kogi, Benue, Zamfara and Jigawa, while Atiku emerged victorious in Bauchi, Yobe, Gombe, Kaduna, Kebbi, Bayelsa, Adamawa and Akwa Ibom.
On the other hand, Obi has won Lagos, Enugu, Cross River, Nasarawa, Imo, Anambra, Abia, Delta and Plateau states as well as the FCT
Meanwhile, INEC has advised aggrieved political parties to seek legal redress if not satisfied with the electoral process rather than cause chaos across the country.
Some opposition parties led by the PDP on Monday asked the electoral commission to suspend the vote counting and probe the failure of its officials to upload the results at the polling units.
They complained about widespread discrepancies in the results of the polls and also accused INEC of violating the Electoral Act by going ahead with the result collation and announcement despite failing to upload the results on the Results Viewing Portal.
See all results through INEC here