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Former Lagos Governor Tinubu Wins Nigerian Presidential Election Amid Violence and Allegations of Irregularities



Bola Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos and a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has been declared the winner of Nigeria’s presidential election.

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The ballot took place on 25 February and was marred by violence, delayed voting, operational failures at polling stations, and accusations of vote-rigging and other irregularities.

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Tinubu defeated 17 other candidates, including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party and Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra who ran under the banner of the Labour Party.

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By leading the field with 37% of the vote, Tinubu won a plurality of the national vote and more than 25% of the vote in at least 24 of Nigeria’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory to be declared the winner on the first ballot.

However, the three main opposition candidates and their parties have rejected the result and vowed to seek legal redress.

Tinubu won a total of 8.8 million votes, compared to Abubakar’s 6.9 million and Obi’s 6.1 million.

Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, a former defence minister and governor of Kano, took 1.5 million votes to finish fourth.



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