Tinubu Undoubtedly Won The Presidential Election – American Diplomat

– President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

An American Diplomat, Johnnie Carson, has adduced three factors responsible for the victory of Nigeria’s President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

Carson was a foreign observer in the just concluded 2023 general elections. He is also an Executive Officer of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).

He spoke in Washington DC when the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed paid an official visit to the institute to engage on the concluded elections.

The diplomat said he co-led National Democratic Institute (NDI) and International Republican Institute (IRI), International Election Observation Mission to Nigeria during the elections.

According to him, Tinubu, undoubtedly won the polls and would be sworn-in come May 29, except something happens dramatically with the court.

“Do you know why he won, he got the money, he had the best national organisation that worked for him and the ground game,’’ he said.

Carson emphasised that for a candidate to win an election in Nigeria, like a lot of democracy in the globe, the three things, including substantial and significant financial resources were needed.

Others, according to him, are a national working organisation and a grass-root acceptance.

He said while Tinubu had all the three criteria in his kitty during the polls, the other major contenders did not have all.

Speaking specifically on the Labour Party Presidential candidate, Carson said, “on the part of Mr Peter Obi, he did not have the ground game and a national organisation.

“Obi is, however, very popular, particularly among the young, educated, urban and sophisticated,’’ he said.

Carson said that the presidential election was one of the most competitive polls in Nigeria and in Africa.

He, however, observed that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) needed to up its game.

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