Faulty Nigerian Election Sparks Fears of Unrest

Observers call vote a charade; opposition plans protests
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2007 8:13 AM CDT
Umaru Yar   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The ruling party candidate has won Nigeria's presidential election by a landslide, sparking fears that political unrest could compromise the supply of oil in Africa's largest producer. Umar Yar'Adua was declared the winner of Saturday's election yesterday with 70% of the vote, ending a campaign marked by intimidation, ballot-stuffing, and violence.

EU observers said any administration resulting from the polling can have no legitimacy, and both opposition candidates called for another election. Candidate Muhammadu Buhari told the BBC he doubted Yar'Adua would be sworn in as scheduled on May 29. The Nation, an independent daily, editorialized: "This is not the kind of Nigeria we dreamed of." (Read more Nigeria stories.)