Meet Nigeria’s New President
Posted on Apr 23, 2007
Amid challenges from European Union observers and other candidates’ camps, People’s Democratic Party member Umaru Yar’Adua was declared the winner of Nigeria’s controversial presidential election. Yar’Adua is said to have pulled in 70 percent of the votes, but his party is suspected of rigging the election.
The EU says at least 200 people have died in poll violence in the past week.
The two main opposition candidates have told their supporters to reject the results and want a re-run.
Mr Yar’Adua gained 24.6m votes, against 6.6m for his closest challenger, Muhammadu Buhari.
Vice-president turned opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar came third with 2.6m votes.
AP Photo/George Osodi
Nigerian President-elect Umaru Yar’Adua already had the look of victory in this photo, taken as he left the polling booth April 21.