Nigerian President, Buhari in marginal lead, wins seven states out of 12 announced
London, Feb. 26, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Incumbent Nigerian president and the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC Muhammadu Buhari has taken an early lead after the announcement of results from 11 states and the Federal Capital by the Independent National Electoral Commission in Abuja on Monday.
Buhari has won in seven states while his closest rival, Abubakar, won in four states and Abuja.
In total, Buhari and his party, APC has polled 2,976,721 votes while PDP has 2,690,616 votes, leaving Buhari with a marginal lead of 284, 105 with more twist and turn still expected from Tuesday when the election result announcement continues.
In a keenly contested presidential election, Buhari won in Osun, Ekiti, Kwara, Nasarawa, Kogi, Gombe and Yobe states while Abubakar swept Abuja, Ondo, Abia, Enugu and Ebonyi.
According to Nigerian laws, the candidate with the most votes is declared the winner in the first round, on condition that he gets at least 25% of the votes in two-thirds of the country’s 36 states and the federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
INEC chairman Mahmood Yakubu told journalists the commission was ‘generally satisfied’ with the vote, despite delays that caused it to be extended to Saturday night and in some cases Sunday.
Yakubu also cautioned against the premature declaration of results by candidates, political parties and their associates.
“Only the Independent National Electoral Commission can tally figures, announce results and declare winners,” Yakubu said.
But the main opposition party, Atiku’s PDP that initially claimed ‘resounding victories’, citing results from different polling units across the country has made a u-turn rejecting the already announced results.