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After Contentious Polls, Nigeria Looks Forward

Mar 6, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
All Progressives Congress party supporters rally in Kano, Nigeria, as they celebrate the reelection of Muhammadu Buhari on Feb. 27, 2019.

All Progressives Congress party supporters rally in Kano, Nigeria, as they celebrate the reelection of Muhammadu Buhari on Feb. 27, 2019. Buhari is back -- even if the fallout from the fractious polls could affect his control over the restive, oil-producing south.

(LUIS TATO/AFP/Getty Images)

The dust might be settling on Nigeria's Feb. 23 general election, but a new battle is brewing. Opposition parties, namely the People's Democratic Party (PDP), have vowed to file legal challenges against the results, in which President Muhammadu Buhari beat the PDP's Atiku Abubakar by 14 points, on allegations the government rigged the vote in favor of Buhari and his ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). While observers reported some election irregularities, no clear evidence has yet emerged indicating widespread manipulation of the vote, which heralds a likely second term for Buhari and the APC, after which one of his main tasks will center on how to approach the Niger Delta -- a delicate question that will determine the near-term future of Nigeria's oil industry....

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