The President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has been presented with the certificate of returns by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu in Abuja.
Speaking after the presentation, Tinubu said the certificate of return symbolized the country’s collective democratic attainment and even loftier aspirations.
He said it also represents the impending transfer of a most sacred duty and trust from one person to another.
In the early hours of Wednesday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), declared Tinubu the winner of the presidential election.
The former Lagos state governor polled a total votes of 8,794,726 to defeat his closest rival of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar who scored 6,984,520 votes, and Peter Obi of Labour party who polled 6,101,533 votes.
The presidential candidate of New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso came a distant fourth with the total votes of 1,496,687 votes.
Tinubu noted that while he stood before Nigerians as the president elect, he was no different than anyone, saying if he could do this, others can do it and do it better.
According to him, Our destiny as a people and nation depends on our ability to shed the artificial restrictions of bias and prejudice so that we live fully unto our democratic creed that no one is innately superior or entitled to greater rights and opportunities than any other Nigerian.
The president elect stressed that very soon, the nation would witness a young person standing before the nation holding this great symbol of democracy and national leadership.
He therefore called on those that didn’t support his candidature to join hands with him in a common endeavor to pull the nation through.