Tinubu’s Surprising Move: Visiting Rival Atiku After Election
After a hotly contested election in Nigeria, President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu is set to visit his chief rival, Atiku Abubakar, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a bold gesture of extending an olive branch.
The expected meeting on Wednesday will also act as an opportunity for them to prioritize the country’s best interests.
According to sources, Tinubu may also visit the Labour Party’s former candidate, Peter Obi, who won in Tinubu’s political stronghold of Lagos.
The final election results, announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), declared Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the victor, despite the opposition’s objections.
Opposition parties alleged electoral fraud and lack of transparency on INEC’s part, with some going as far as threatening to take this case to court.
Despite these unsettling claims, Tinubu is still visiting Atiku in an attempt to cooperate civilly.
The visit is taking place only hours after INEC’s certificate of return and a day after a delegation of ECOWAS Election Monitoring Team members visited several former presidential candidates in their homes.
The delegation was fronted by former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan and ex-Ghanaian president John Mahama.
They appealed for restraint among the involved parties and urged INEC to address the issues raised by the aggrieved.
Tinubu’s visit to Atiku appears to be following in their footsteps, in the spirit of reasonably addressing differences and finding a peaceful outcome.