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A Surprise Presidential Candidate Leads the Race to Lead Nigeria, Poll Shows

  • Peter Obi scored 72% among those who have decided how to vote
  • Main party candidates much less favored in Premise Data poll
Supporters of Peter Obi in Abuja, Nigeria on Sept. 24.
Supporters of Peter Obi in Abuja, Nigeria on Sept. 24.Photographer: Kola Sulaimon/AFP/Getty Images

A third-party candidate is the top choice to become the next president of Africa’s most populous country, according to a new opinion poll.

A clear majority of respondents said they intend to vote for Peter Obi, a former state governor, in elections scheduled for February. The results of the survey conducted for Bloomberg News by Premise Data Corp. were published on Wednesday as the official campaign to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari kicked off.