Fr. Alia Presents His Certificate of Return to Tinubu

In what could be described as a historic moment, the Governor-elect of Benue State, Fr. Alia, on Saturday, April 29, 2023, presented his INEC Certificate of Return to the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The presentation, which took place at the Defense House in Abuja, was witnessed by a gathering of dignitaries from various parts of the country, including the Honorable Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Sen. George Akume, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, the Kobi State governor, His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, amongst others.

The Background Story

His Excellency, Sen. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a seasoned politician and former governor of Lagos State, emerged as the winner of the presidential election held on February 25, 2023. His victory was celebrated across the country, with many Nigerians expressing optimism that his leadership would usher in a new era of growth and development.

In line with the provisions of the Electoral Act, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) issued a Certificate of Return to Tinubu, affirming him as the duly elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Fr. Alia’s Gesture

Fr. Alia, who emerged as the Governor-elect of Benue State in the same election, saw it fit to present the Certificate of Return to Tinubu himself. He explained that his decision to personally make the presentation was borne out of his deep respect for Tinubu and his commitment to national unity and development.

“His Excellency, Sen. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is a distinguished leader who has contributed immensely to the growth and development of our dear country. His victory in the just-concluded presidential election is a testament to his popularity and acceptability among Nigerians. I am privileged to have the opportunity to present my Certificate of Return to him, and I do so with great pride and respect,” Fr. Alia said.

The Presentation Ceremony

The presentation ceremony was a solemn but colorful event, attended by a host of dignitaries from various parts of the country.

Fr. Alia was received by Tinubu and members of his team, who led him to a podium where he was formally presented with the Certificate of Return. In his acceptance speech, Tinubu thanked Fr. Alia for his gesture and promised to work tirelessly to move Nigeria forward.

Fr. Alia Presents His Certificate Of Return To Tinubu

“I am very excited to welcome the Governor-Elect of Benue State, Fr. Alia, as he presents his INEC Certificate of Return to me. I want to assure him and Nigerians that I am fully committed to the task of leading our great country to greater heights. I will work tirelessly to build a united and prosperous Nigeria that we can all be proud of,” Tinubu said.

The Way Forward

As Nigerians bask in the euphoria of Tinubu’s victory, there is a renewed sense of hope and optimism that his administration will usher in a new era of growth and development. His inauguration is scheduled to take place on May 29, 2023, and Nigerians are eagerly looking forward to the event.

In the meantime, Fr. Alia and other elected officials are expected to hit the ground running as they work to fulfill their campaign promises to the people of Benue State.


The presentation of the Certificate of Return to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu by the Benue Governor-Elect, Fr. Alia, is a clear indication of the level of respect and admiration that exists among political leaders in Nigeria. It signifies a renewed sense of hope and optimism for a better future under the leadership of the president-elect.

The gesture by Fr. Alia demonstrates the importance of connecting with the centre and working together for the greater good of the country. It is a call to action for all elected officials to prioritize the needs of the people and work tirelessly towards delivering on their campaign promises.

As Nigerians await the inauguration of the President-elect, there is a renewed sense of belief in the possibilities of a united and prosperous Nigeria. We can only hope that the spirit of unity and cooperation displayed at the presentation ceremony will continue to guide us as a nation towards a brighter future.

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