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Nigerians elect new President Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 25, 2021


Nigerians went to the polls on Saturday morning to elect a new President and a fresh National Assembly.

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About 84 million people are eligible to vote although 72 million had collected their voters’ cards as at the last update from the Independent National Electoral Commission.

There are about 70 candidates for the seat of President of Africa’s most populous nation, but it seemed to be a straight fight between President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the opposition People’s Democratic Party.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; casts his vote during the Presidential and NASS Elections at Ward A5 Polling Unit 033, Ogunmodede College, Papa, Epe, on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

The elections were rescheduled from February 16 to February 23 because of operational issues, according to the electoral body, INEC.

The winner of the presidential election would only need a simple majority of the votes cast plus at least 25 percent of votes cast in each of Nigeria’s 36 states and capital Abuja.

Results would become clear from tomorrow morning but offocial announcement may take two days.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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