Voters, observers hopeful as Nigeria presidential election begins

Elections for the Nigerian presidency and both houses of the federal parliament are being held across the country’s 36 states, in what is set to be the sixth successive civilian-to-civilian transition of power since a return to democracy in 1999. Eighteen candidates are jostling to succeed Muhammadu Buhari, who steps down as president in May, having served out two four-year terms. But only four are considered frontrunners: Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar of the leading opposition People’s Democratic Party, Peter Obi of the Labour Party, and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP). As many as 93.4 million registered voters will determine who gets to be the next president of the continent’s most populous country. They will also decide the composition of the two chambers of Nigeria’s parliament. Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris reports from Lagos, Nigeria. Subscribe to our channel: Follow us on Twitter Find us on Facebook Check our website: Check out our Instagram page: #Nigeria #NigeriaElections2023 #NigeriaDecides2023 #NigeriaGeneralElection2023
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