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Vol 44 No 9

Published 2nd May 2003


Nigeria

Landslide in the Delta

The presidential and gubernatorial elections in the oil-rich Niger Delta set new standards of improbability. Just over twelve hours after voting ended in some parts of Rivers, the State's radio station announced that Governor Peter Odili of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) had won more than 2.1 million of the 2.2 million votes cast. His challenger from the All Nigeria People's Party, Serjeant Chidi Awuse, known as the `Bulldozer' and supported across the State, was said to have polled just 44,000 votes.

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