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Bola Tinubu of Ruling Party Wins Nigeria Election Amid Low Turnout, Rigging Charges

HeadlineMar 01, 2023

In Nigeria, Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress party was declared the winner of the weekend’s presidential election. But his opponents have disputed the results, alleging fraud, while election observers and voters have cited delays, closures and violence at voting sites. Turnout was less than 30%. Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos, lost the vote in Lagos state to the Labour Party’s Peter Obi, who came in third overall. Obi had received much of his support from young voters, who saw him as the candidate of change. Atiku Abubakar of the main opposition party Peoples Democratic Party received the second-highest number of votes, according to Nigeria’s Electoral Commission.

The new president of Africa’s most populous nation will have to face the ongoing security and violence crisis, as well as double-digit inflation and unprecedented oil theft.

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