Tuesday, February 28, 2023 –Nigeria’s ruling Party’s candidate Bola Tinubu took an early lead in the race for the presidency, according to initial tallies.
In the hotly-contested election, former Lagos governor Tinubu faced main opposition party PDP’s Atiku Abubakar in Saturday’s vote, but Labour Party’s Peter Obi tested the two others as a third contender for the first time in Nigeria’s modern democracy.
East African publication reported that Obi won the key state of Lagos, a bastion of Tinubu’s support which also has the largest number of registered voters.
With President Muhammadu Buhari stepping down, many Nigerians voted with the hope that a new leader will do a better job tackling insecurity, economic malaise and widening poverty in Africa’s most populous country.
Voting on Saturday was mostly peaceful, but thugs ransacked some polling stations, many others opened very late, and delays slowed the uploading of results to an official website meant to promote transparency.
It saw main opposition walk out in protest.
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