How the Nigerian electoral race was won

The PDP’s lack of faith in biometric registration played into the hands of the tech-savvy APC. Credit: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

With less money than its rivals, the APC poached ruling party dissidents and used technology and social media to get its message out and monitor the vote.

How did a 72-year-old retired dictator with a record of three failed presidential bids make history as the first opposition candidate to unseat a ruling party in the federal government in Nigeria?

The story starts in 2013 with the launching of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as an alliance of Nigeria’s main opposition parties: the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), led by former governor of Lagos State Bola Tinubu; the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), founded by General Muhammadu Buhari and his allies as a vehicle for the presidential election in 2011; and the All Nigeria People’s Party, Buhari’s former party.

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