Maseru, March 09 — Prime Minister of Lesotho, Mr. Ntsokoane Matekane the election of Mr Bola Tinubu as Nigerian new president epitomises the faith and trust that the people of his country have in him.
In his congratulatory message he sent to him on Wednesday, Mr Matekane who is also been elected into office on October last year, said Mr Tinubu’s election as President comes at the right time when the entire African Continent was fully committed to achieving Agenda 2063 as well as fighting against insurgency and terrorism and unconstitutional changes government, among others.
‘The Government of Lesotho is fully determined to cooperate with You and other sister African Countries to achieve our shared goals and aspirations’’ he highlighted.
Mr Matekane further said in particular, his Government will continue to uphold avenues for promotion of good bilateral relations and cooperation that exist between their two sister countries.
The Prime Minister said he wished Mr Tinubu success and personal good health as President, and assured him of his highest consideration and esteem.
‘’On behalf of the Government and People of the Kingdom of Lesotho and indeed on my own behalf, I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate You on Your recent election as the new President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, following the Presidential Election that was conducted on 25 February, 2023’’ he noted in the statement.
The 2023 Nigerian presidential election was held on 25 February 2023 to elect the president and vice president of Nigeria. Mr Tinubu, the former Governor of Lagos State and nominee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), won the disputed election with 36.61% of the vote, 8,794,726 total votes.
Mr Tinubu’s vote percentage was the second-lowest of any winning presidential candidate in Nigerian history, only exceeding Mr Shehu Shagari‘s 33.77% performance in the first ever presidential election held in 1979.
Runners-up were former Vice President Mr Atiku Abubakar, Peoples Democratic Party, and former Governor of Anambra State Mr Peter Obi, Labour Party, who both immediately contested the result; Obi claimed he won.
Other federal elections, including elections to the House of Representatives and the Senate, were held on the same date while state elections will be held two weeks afterward on 11 March. The inauguration is set for 29 May 2023.
He succeeds former Nigeria President Mr Muhammadu Buhari who served a two year term and therefore could not seek a third term.