Bola Tinubu, the winner of a highly contested presidential election, will likely take office as Nigeria’s 16th president after being sworn in.
Despite being written off by numerous surveys conducted by various organizations, the former governor of Lagos State won.
Also, the naira restructuring policy nearly derailed his bid for the presidency at the final minute, but assuming no judicial ruling, he will be sworn in on May 29.
In this article, examined by DAILY POST here are five key elements that let him triumph against all obstacles.
A divided opposition
Tinubu went into the election against a fragmented opposition. In 2019, Abubakar Atiku, Peter Obi and Rabiu Kwankwaso all worked together in PDP but they were defeated by the force of Muhammadu Buhari.
Despite the defeat, PDP maintained its stronghold in the Southeast and Southsouth and also put out good showings in Southwest and Northcentral.
On Saturday, the APC instead faced Obi in Labour Party, Kwankwaso in NNPP and Atiku in PDP. In addition, some members of the G5 governors were believed to have worked for the ruling party.
At the close of the poll, Kwankwaso maintained its hold on Kano, Obi held on to Southeast and Southsouth while Atiku had a good outing in the North, however, their individual performances were not sufficient to defeat the ruling party.
Northcentral came to rescue
Several opinion polls before the election ceded Northcentral to the candidate of the Labour Party but the ruling party pulled a surprise in the region by winning four states, including Benue State.
The party won Kwara, Kogi, Niger, and Benue States. It would be recalled that no one has won the presidential election without winning the Northcentral.
Second position is good
One other factor that helped the ruling party was the ability to secure the second position in a worst-case scenario.
For instance, in Kano State, the NNPP won the state with a wide margin, however, the margin between Tinubu and Atiku was over 380,000 votes. Considering that Atiku was the main contender to Tinubu in the Northwest, the second position was good enough.
In a four-horse race, winning your stronghold is important but how you perform in your opponent’s territory matters.
In the Northwest, Tinubu lost Katsina, Sokoto and Kebbi States by slim margins to Atiku.
In Plateau, Akwa-Ibom, Nasarawa—he was also able to maintain second position.
The victory of Tinubu in Benue State could be credited to the influence of Father Hyacinth Alia, the APC governorship candidate in Benue State.
In Sokoto State, Aliyu Wamakko ensured that the Director General of the Atiku Campaign, Governor Aminu Tambuwal was unable to deliver Sokoto to Atiku with a wide margin.
In Katsina, President Muhammadu Buhari had to show his ballot to voters to give them a signal on how to vote.
The presence of Godswill Akpabio in Akwa-Ibom helped to get the second position while Governor Nyesom Wike pulled what could have been considered impossible—for the first time, APC won in Rivers State.
Poor performance of Atiku in the South
Some supporters of the former Vice President had in the course of the campaign bragged about the 11 million votes. However, what they failed to consider was that bulk of it came from the south.
Unlike the 2019 election, Atiku performed poorly in the South and North Central.
He failed to win a single state in North Central and won only three states out of the 17 states in the south—Osun, Akwa- and Bayelsa.
Even his running mate, Ifeanyi Okowa failed to win his state, Delta State.
All these factors gave Tinubu a win at the polls.