After President Muhammadu Buhari’s eight-year tenure, which ends on May 29, 2023, a total of 18 candidates will vie for Aso Rock, Nigeria’s seat of power.
On Saturday, four front-runners in the race to become the next President of Africa’s most populous country cast their ballots at polling stations across Nigeria.
Despite the fact that 18 candidates are running, pollsters and analysts see the race as a four-horse race between Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP).
While Obi and Tinubu are from the country’s southern region, Kwankwaso and Atiku are from the country’s northern region. The four heavyweights and strong contenders have sizable followings and the numerical potential to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, whose two-term term expires on May 29, 2023.
Accreditation and voting began around 08:30am at the majority of the 176,606 polling units spread across Nigeria’s 36 states and Federal Capital Territory, as 87.2 million voters with Permanent Voter Cards cast ballots to elect a new president and members of the country’s National Assembly.
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