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Nigeria's 2023 Elections

by Marija Peran

The most influential kingmaker wins the presidency

On February 25, 2023 Nigeria elected a new president and national assembly. Gubernatorial and state parliamentary elections were held on March 18. The results let expect rather the continuation of established power and elite politics instead of the change many, especially young voters have been hoping for.

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According to the preliminary results, the old political order has prevailed: Bola Tinubu from the All Progressives Congress (APC), the previous ruling party, is the new president-elect of Africa's most populous and economically powerful country. While more parties are represented in the national assembly, the two established parties- the APC as well as the biggest opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) – prevailed in the national as well as state elections. Meanwhile, young people are increasingly frustrated and disappointed by Nigerian politics. Regarding the electoral process, the elections were largely conducted as planned, but operational errors and a lack of transparency have weakened confidence in the electoral process and the electoral authority INEC.

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Marija Peran

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Resident Representative to Nigeria

marija.peran@kas.de +234 (0) 908 838 8850

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