The election victory of Bola Tinubu, candidate of the ruling All Progressive Congress, is being challenged by the defeated opposition. But despite the claims and counter claims, the staging of the complex election represents a win for the democratic process in Africa, argues New African editor Anver Versi.
Once again claims of rigging and intimidation have cast something of a cloud over the election results in Africa’s most populous country (see the essay by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in the New York Yimes and the appeal for caution and rectification that former President Olesegun Obasanjo addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari) .
A massive 90m people were eligible to vote in what many had hoped would be a ‘fresh start’ election that would usher in a leadership equipped to deal with a host of the country’s problems. The youth, who turned out in force for ‘outsider’ Peter Obi had hoped that this election would also begin to dismantle the established elite system…