Nigeria: Presidential Election 2023

Bola Tinubu gestures toward the crowd during a campaign rally in Lagos. He has been declared the winner of Nigeria's presidential elections. Michele Spatari / AFP via Getty Images

On February 25, 2023, the next presidential elections were held in Nigeria. There has been a change of leadership in the country, as the term of office of the current head of state, Muhammadu Buhari, who has held this post for two 4-year terms (since 2015), has ended until the inauguration, which is due on May 29.

Unlike the 2019 elections, which featured 73 candidates from 91 parties, in 2023 Nigerians had to choose from 18 candidates from 18 parties. 93,469,008 people were registered to vote, almost 10 million more than in 2019 (84,004,084), but the turnout in 2023 was only 27.7% (23,377,466 people, in 2019 - 35.6%), which can partly be explained by the lack of security of movement and the expected attacks on polling stations, which did occur in some areas.