Nigeria’s ruling party picks ex-Lagos governor Tinubu to run for president | world news
ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party on Wednesday elected former Lagos state governor Bola Tinubu as its presidential candidate in elections scheduled for February 2023.
President Muhammadu Buhari steps down next year after leading Africa’s most populous country and top oil exporter for the maximum eight years allowed by the constitution.
Tinubu, 70, who was in charge of Nigeria’s commercial capital from 1999 to 2007, defeated 13 other candidates including Buhari’s vice president, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, in the APC primaries.
Tinubu supporters erupted in song and dance at Eagle Square, an outdoor parade ground in the capital Abuja where the vote took place.
A shrewd political operator, Tinubu built a strong base of support during his eight years as Governor of Lagos. Since his resignation, he has remained highly influential, with many of his loyal proteges holding important positions in government and business.
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Supporters describe him as an efficient administrator with a knack for choosing bright, committed technocrats to get the job done.
Critics denounce him as a godfather figure who hands out lucrative contracts and plum jobs to his friends and is not above sending street thugs to intimidate naysayers if he is unsuccessful. He rejects this description.
(Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Editing by Estelle Shirbon and James Macharia Chege)
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