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Nigeria’s president-elect Bola Tinubu receives winner’s certificate

Bola Tinubu

Nigeria’s president-elect Bola Tinubu has officially received his winner’s certificate at a ceremony in the capital, Abuja.

Supporters cheered, danced and shouted slogans as a beaming Mr Tinubu, wearing a white agbada – a flowing robe – and a red cap, held the certificate aloft.

While celebrations have also broken out in his south-western support base, in the commercial city of Lagos, where opposition Labour Party Peter Obi trounced Mr Bola won by a slim margin, things were a little more muted.

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Some celebrated into the early hours, but the usually busy streets of Lagos are mostly deserted on Wednesday morning, some businesses remain closed.

Outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari congratulated Mr Tinubu, who was the ruling party’s candidate. He also appealed for calm and respect for the outcome of the election.

In remarks before the ceremony, Mr Tinubu also echoed this message.

On Tuesday, the main opposition parties dismissed the poll as a sham, and demanded a rerun.

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Mr Tinubu got 37% of the vote, his main rival Atiku Abubakar, of the PDP, polled 29%, and Labour’s Peter Obi 25%, according to the official results.

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