Former Lagos Governor Paula Tinubu has been declared the winner of the 2023 Nigerian presidential election. We map the case-by-case results below.
The Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (INEC) has declared Bola Tinubu of the Progressive Congress Party (APC) the winner of the 2023 presidential election. Tinubu polled a total of 8,794,726 votes to defeat his closest rival, Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) , which scored 6,984,520 to come out in second place.
Nearly 90 million people were eligible to vote in Africa’s largest democracy, and many Nigerians are hoping a new leader will do a better job of addressing insecurity, economic malaise and growing poverty.
Elections were held across the country on 25 February. Voting had to be extended to Sunday in a few parts of the country after some glitches.
Country-specific results from INEC are provided below:
Who is Paula Tinubu?
Bola Tinubu, the two-term governor of Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital, is credited with boosting state revenue and his supporters say he will replicate his success on the national stage.
He stirred up controversy by doing what was considered unthinkable for more than three decades – choosing Kachem Shetema, the former governor of Borno, as his vice president. Tinubu and Shtima are both Muslims, from the southwest and northeast, respectively.
There is a polite agreement between the major parties to share power between North and South, Christians and Muslims.
Before Saturday’s vote, Tinubu and Shtima argued that efficiency nullifies religion.
In parts of Africa, personality-driven politics and a culture of patronage still prevail, so ideological politics is not as ingrained on the continent as it was under military regimes.
Political actors often cross partisan lines and change their stance on national issues, depending on the stage of their careers and other variables in the election cycle.
Below is a rough representation of the leadership candidates’ ideological position – economic and cultural.
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