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Vol 64 No 5

Published 2nd March 2023


Tinubu's last trick: from godfather to Kabiyesi

Opposition contenders question the ruling party candidate's victory in elections marred by technical failures, sporadic violence and a historically low turnout

The next act of Nigeria's presidential election drama has started with fire and fury. At one end of the stage stands the official winner, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, whose victory was announced in the darkest hour before dawn on 1 March; at the other, the thwarted opposition candidates, Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi, who are railing against systemic electoral fraud and threaten legal appeals to the Supreme Court.

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