Bola Tinubu, Nigeria’s political kingmaker, wins a flawed election

President-Elect Bola Tinubu, center, displays his certificate, accompanied by his wife Oluremi Tinubu, right, and chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Mahmood Yakubu, left, at a ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria Wednesday, March 1, 2023. Election officials declared Tinubu the winner of Nigeria's presidential election Wednesday, keeping the ruling party in power in Africa's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Allegations of rigging may hamper his efforts to unite a divided country

After a chaotically organised vote and messy count, Bola Tinubu, the candidate of Nigeria’s incumbent ruling party, has been declared the winner of the closest presidential election in decades. Mr Tinubu, a 70-year-old former governor of Lagos and longtime kingmaker in Nigerian politics, took 37% of the vote, the electoral commission said on March 1st. This placed him ahead of Atiku Abubakar (29%), a tycoon standing for the People’s Democratic Party (pdp), the main opposition, and Peter Obi (25%), a wildcard third-party candidate representing the Labour Party.


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