Nigerian President Shehu Shagari wins re-election for a second term. Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

1983 - Nigerian President Shehu Shagari won re-election for a second, four-year term as chief executive of the world’s fourth largest democracy. Shagari, a former school teacher and a poet, polled slightly more than 12 million votes, 47 per cent of the total of the six-candidate race, according to complete returns released, more than four days after the balloting. His closest rival, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, 74, was a distant second with 7.83 million votes, or 30.8 per cent. Awolowo, who won little support outside his stronghold in the Yoruba West, also was runner-up to Shagari in elections in 1979. Nigeria is the world’s largest democracy after India, the United States and Japan.

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