Democrat candidate in the tight United States of America (USA) Mr Joe Biden, has won the US presidency over Donald Trump who is seeking reelection for a second term in office as American president, major international and US-based TV networks reported on Saturday, a victory sealed after the Democrat claimed several key battleground states won by the Republican incumbent in 2016.
CNN, NBC News, CBS News, BBC and Al Jazeera, amongst others, have announced the race in Biden’s favour, after projecting he had won the decisive state of Pennsylvania. The media platforms reported that Biden beat Trump with a projected 284 electoral college votes to stand elected as the 46th president of the United States of America.
Biden, 77, is the oldest candidate ever elected to the White House. Trump, 74, has made as yet unsubstantiated claims of massive voter fraud, and his campaign has launched legal challenges in several states. Biden spent eight years as vice president to Barack Obama. His victory comes in his third run for the nation’s highest office.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, shortly after the news emerged congratulated the President-elect and his running mate, Kamala Harris over their ‘victory’ in the US election. Obasanjo, in a congratulatory letter made available to the media by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, described the ‘feat’ achieved by the two Democrats as “victory of good over evil”.
The former Nigerian leader in the letter said, “It is victory of good over evil and it is not victory for you and the people of America alone, but victory for most people of the world, majority of whom watch helplessly as the world that had been steadily and painstakingly built since the end of the Second World War was being pulled down.
“Not that the world was perfect and equitable, but it was reasonably predictable with some measure of rule of law and respect for international agreements and treaties. President-Elect Joe Biden must restore confidence in the role of America as the largest economy in the world which has a very significant responsibility for the peace, security, stability and progress of the world. I felicitate with Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris as the first female Vice-President of the U.S. We in Africa are proud of her success.”
Major international and US-based TV networks projected on Saturday that Biden won the US presidency over Donald Trump, a victory sealed after the Democrat claimed several key battleground states won by the Republican incumbent in 2016.