Nigeria: Polls Show Narrow Lead for Outsider Candidate, Scores of Undecideds in This Week’s Presidential Election

Nigeria’s presidential election is scheduled for Saturday, pending a last-minute suspension, which is not unheard-of. The frontrunner remains upstart third-party Christian candidate Peter Obi, the runaway favorite with young Nigerian voters. The final round of polling revealed a huge number of undecided voters, presenting plausible roads to victory for the candidate of the incumbent ruling party, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and his rival from the traditional Nigerian two-party political see-saw, Atiku Abubakar.

Supporters of Nigeria's Labour Party's Presidential Candidate Peter Obi, chants during an election campaign rally at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023. Fueled by high unemployment and growing insecurity, younger Nigerians are mobilizing in record numbers to take part in this month's presidential election. (AP …