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“Parkinson’s disease”, “stingy”, “corrupt”: the two main presidential candidates in Nigeria deliver a bitter end to the campaign, each calling for the arrest of the other by resurrecting old corruption scandals.

Nigerian politics is plagued by accusations of all kinds, especially concerning dark money affairs. And the favourites for the presidential election on February 25 – Bola Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar, both extremely wealthy septuagenarians, are no exception: they have been repeatedly accused of corruption, which they firmly deny.

More than 93 million Nigerians will be called to the polls to elect a successor to President Muhammadu Buhari, who is not running after two terms.

Africa’s most populous nation faces countless challenges, in particular near-widespread insecurity, a severe economic crisis, and spiralling inequalities. In recent weeks, as the campaign intensifies, insults and accusations have flared between the candidates.

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, candidate of the ruling party (APC), thus accuses Atiku Abubakar, of the opposition (PDP), of having “run a criminal enterprise and built an empire through fraud” by “stealing public funds” between 1999 and 2007, when the latter was vice-president.

Mr. Tinubu, nicknamed “the Godfather” or even “the Boss” for his considerable influence and wealth, calls on his opponent to “withdraw from the presidential race immediately” and “surrender to the forces of the order”. He dubs Mr Abubakar “Mr I Sell Everything”, describing him as “ready to get away with the takings” and calling him “corrupt”.

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