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Nigeria 1979 Presidential Election

Date of Election

August 11, 1979

Type of Electoral System

Majority

Length of Term
4 years
Number of Votes #
Percentage of Votes #
Alhaji Shehu Shagari (NPN - National Party)
5 668 857
33.8%
Nnamdi Azikiwe (NPP - Nigerian People's Party)
2 822 523
16.7%
Obafemi Awolowo (UPN - Unity Party of Nigeria)
4 916 651
29.2%
Alhaji Aminu Kano (PRP - People's Redemption Party)
1 732 113
10.3%
Alhaji Waziri Ibrahim (GNPP - Greater Nigerian People's Party)
1 686 489
10.0%

Source: Political Handbook of the World 1980, Binghamton, NY: CSA Publications, 1980.
# Source: Keesing's Contemporary Archives Vol XXVI (1980): 30626.

Population Size
77 841 000
Registered Voters
48 499 091

Total Votes

17 098 267

Vote/Registered Voter

35.3%

Spoilt Ballots

2.0%

Source: Voter Turnout: Nigeria. [Internet]. International IDEA. 3 December 2001.


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