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Who will take over Buhari’s vote bank in the Muslim areas of the north?

For the first time in 20 years, President Muhammadu Buhari will not be on the ballot as Nigerians head to the polls to choose a new leader. Buhari, a retired general, has consistently been amassing huge votes in areas with large Muslim populations of the north even when he lost the general election. With Buhari no longer qualified to contest having served two terms, who will take over his vote bank?

In 2003, Buhari ran for the presidency representing the now defunct All Nigerian Peoples Party. He ran against then president Olusegun Obasanjo, who was running for a second term. About 18 others – including Gani Fawehinm, a civil rights activist, and Emeka Ojukwu, the leader of the defunct Republic of Biafra – were also on the ballot.

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