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The election results are in for Nigeria.

Earlier today, electoral officials in Nigeria declared Bola Tinubu, the candidate of the ruling party who ran on the slogan "It's my turn," the victor of the country's presidential election. After eight years of rule by former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, the election was the freest and most carefully watched in the country in recent memory. Violence and long lines at the polls disrupted an otherwise smooth election.

Briefly, Tinubu received 8.7 million votes, Abubakar 6.9 million, and Obi 6.1 million in the final result. To become president of Nigeria, a candidate must receive at least 25% of the popular vote in 24 of the country's 36 states, in addition to receiving the most votes overall.

The rules are set to ensure equity in most parts of the country, ensuring the election was fairly contested and won. The elections were observed by different observers from different parts of Africa and worldwide. The former president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, was one of the observers. In his statement, the former president of one of the most democratic countries in Africa stated that elections were conducted peacefully except for some parts which experienced violence. Most parts of African countries face some challenges during elections, such as conflicts and opponents refusing to accept election results. Nigerian election results: Opposition parties dispute results, call for  fresh elections | CNN

Tinubu's two main opponents' political parties claimed vote rigging and demanded a new election yesterday. "We demand that this charade of an election be immediately canceled," stated Julius Abure, chairman of the Labour Party. We no longer have any confidence in the system as a whole.

Tinubu campaigned for re-election based on his accomplishments as governor of Lagos State at the turn of the century, when he cut violent crime, eased traffic, and cleaned up the city's trash. The 70-year-old, though, has occasionally appeared feeble in public, slurring his speech, answering queries with clichés, and abandoning several campaign events, leading some to question his efficacy.

Younger and more educated voters in urban areas who were disenchanted with the two parties that have represented their country since the end of military rule in 1999 and the older men who have tended to control them were drawn to Obi's candidacy.

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