INEC’s Certificate of Return is like World Cup trophy to me — Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Nigeria’s President-Elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has become a trending topic in an unexpected way after he described the certificate of return presented to him by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as a “World Cup” trophy.

Tinubu spoke during a visit to the palace of Rilwan Akinolu, oba of Lagos, on Sunday.

Last week, INEC announced Tinubu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the winner of the presidential election conducted on February 25.

Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, said Tinubu polled 8,794,726 votes. Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had the second-highest figure with 6,984,520 votes, while Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) was next with 6,101,533 votes.

Speaking at the palace, Tinubu promised not to disappoint Nigerians. “To all the monarchies seated, may God provide you with strong health for you. God will not allow our country to perish. We will not be used as a tool to disgrace you. I will not let you down,” he said.

“The journey that we embarked upon and we have returned home with a certificate — it is like our own World Cup — and I thank you all for the effort.”

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