Nigeria’s frontline presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has joined other global leaders in congratulating William Ruto, the winner of the Kenya presidential election.
Ruto was declared the winner after a counting process that took several days and will succeed his estranged principal, Uhuru Kenyatta, as the next President of the East African country with one of the largest economies on the continent.
In a congratulatory speech released earlier today, Tinubu urged all Kenyans to “accept this result and shun violence.” This was as Ruto’s main opponent and serial challenger for the seat, Raila Odinga, rejected the outcome of the polls, describing it as “null and void.”
The former Lagos Governor, however, enjoined the settlement of all disputes through the Kenyan legal system as this, according to him, will prove “the greatest testament to the progress Kenya has made in strengthening the core institutions of its democracy.”
“It is my prayer that as President, Mr. Ruto will unite the country, bringing all Kenyans together to move their great nation forward and implementing the progressive policies and reforms desired by the people.”
“I wish Mr. Ruto and all the people of Kenya the very best and look forward to a continued beneficial and cordial relationship between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Kenya,” Tinubu said.