Nigeria poll 'result'

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A respected human rights group yesterday released what it said were the banned results of Nigeria's stalled presidential elections, which showed a publishing tycoon easily defeating his rival, AP reports from Abuja. The release of the results was in defiance of a decision by the National Electoral Commission to suppress the outcome of Saturday's election pending resolution of a lawsuit brought by supporters of the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida. The lawsuit claimed the balloting was rigged. The Lagos-based Campaign for Democracy said the commission's final tally showed publisher and shipping magnate Moshood K O Abiola winning 19 of Nigeria's 30 states to 11 for banker Bashir Othman Tofa.