Nigeria’s opposition, international observers fault election as Tinubu coasts to victory 

By Eniola Akinkuotu

Posted on Tuesday, 28 February 2023 15:07
INEC State collation officers go over the declared figures before announcing the results of the presidential election at the State Office in Yola, in Adamawa State, Nigeria February 25, 2019. REUTERS/Nyancho NwaNri

The results of Nigeria’s presidential election as released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) so far have been rejected by the main opposition parties, particularly the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party. 

Additionally, some international observer groups scored INEC low on the conduct of the election, which witnessed violence and poor execution. However, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has hailed the exercise as its candidate, Bola Tinubu, coasts to victory. 

Based on some of the results released officially, Tinubu has 5.4 million votes, while Atiku Abubakar of the PDP has just over 4 million. The Labour Party’s Peter Obi, who enjoys a large following among urban youths, has 2.2 million votes while 4th place candidate Rabiu Kwankwaso, of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), has over 1.3 million votes, mainly from his home state of Kano.