Nigeria’s ruling party candidate, Bola Tinubu, has been declared president-elect.
Independent National Electoral Commission said Tinubu the former governor of Lagos state, garnered 8.79 million votes, ahead of main opposition challenger Atiku Abubakar’s 6.98 million votes.
Peter Obi, an outsider popular with younger voters, garnered 6.1 million votes.
Nigerian electoral law says a candidate can win by getting more votes than their rivals, provided they get 25% of the vote in at least two-thirds of the 36 states and the federal capital Abuja, which Tinubu did.
Opposition parties rejected the results as the product of a flawed process, which suffered multiple technical difficulties owing to the introduction of new technology in the elections.