Nigeria’s Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu has described Mohamed Kenewui Konneh, Head of Sierra Leone’s Electoral Commission as his good friend.

He made this assertion while addressing the media and Chairpersons of Electoral Commissions from Africa serving as observers in Nigeria’s just concluded elections.

Chairman Konneh went to Nigeria to observe the conduct of their elections ahead of Sierra Leone’s elections scheduled for June this year.

Konneh led ECONEC Peer Support Learning Mission comprising CECs from, Tanzania, Liberia, Ghana, Namibia, and the Gambia.

On Wednesday, the Nigerian Electoral Commission  declared the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the 2023 presidential election. INEC declared Senator Bola Tinubu the winner, making him the 16th President of Nigeria.

The former Lagos state governor polled total votes of  8,794,726 to defeat his closest rival and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar who scored  6,984,520 votes, and Peter Obi of the Labour party who polled 6,101,533 votes.

The presidential candidate of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso came a distant fourth with total votes of 1,496,687 votes.

Yakubu said the registered voters for the election were 93,469,008 but only 25,286,616 voters were accredited.