Nigeria’s electoral commission chair Mahmood Yakubu declared on Sunday that he was generally happy with the progress made in the conduct of the presidential and national elections.
Yakubu, who was addressing journalists on Sunday following Saturday’s vote admitted that there had been some glitches in several parts of the country, including in the two capitals of Lagos and Abuja.
Nearly 73 million eligible voters cast their ballots from a pool of more than 70 presidential candidates in an election which was postponed the previous Saturday, just hours before it was due to begin, due to logistics.
Results are expected to start trickling in early on Monday with a “substantial number” likely on Tuesday, election commission official Festus Okoye said.
It is widely expected to be a tight presidential race between President Muhammadu Buhari and businessman Atiku Abubakar.
Buhari maintains lead, with wins in 10 states
Incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari, has maintained a lead over his closest rival, Atiku Abubakar of the PDP after results have been declared in 16 states, as of Tuesday morning.
Buhari has so far won in 10 states including Osun, Ekiti, Kwara, Nasarawa and Kogi states. He also got majority votes in the states of Gombe, Yobe, Niger state, Jigawa and Kaduna.
Atiku won in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Ondo, Abia, Enugu, Ebonyi and Anambra states.
In real figures, Buhari is leading with 5,410,573 votes against Atiku’s 4,372,913 votes.
The candidate with the most votes is declared winner as long as they have at least one-quarter of the vote in two-thirds of Nigeria’s 36 states and the capital. Otherwise there is a run-off.
Main opposition PDP reject results, Buhari leads
The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has contested verified results being announced by the elections body, INEC, in the capital Abuja.
Two days after the vote, INEC started releasing final results of the February 23 presidential poll that pits incumbent Muhammadu Buhari against main opposition candidate and ex-veep Atiku Abubakar.
At a press conference in the capital Abuja on Monday, PDP Chairman Uche Secondus said: “All results currently been announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is incorrect, this is unacceptable to our party and the people.
“Secondly, officials of both President Buhari’s government and All Progressive Congress, APC, working with INEC officers, have tried to alter the course of history and disenfranchise our people through the cancellation and manipulation of figures for results already announced at polling units.”
After results in eight diverse states were released Buhari had won six as against Atiku’s two. In real figures, Buhari has 2,490,369 votes with Atiku having garnered 1,806,029 votes.
Buhari wins first two states: INEC
President Buhari and his All Progressives Congress (APC) emerged winners in Ekiti and Osun states, as INEC started the announcement of official results of the presidential election on Monday.
APC won with 347,634 votes cast against PDP’s 337,377 votes in Osun state (1,674,729 registered voters).
In Etiki, APC obtained 219,231 of votes cast against PDP’s 154,032 votes (899,919 registered voters).
Buhari’s APC also won in Kwara state while Atiku’s PDP won the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with 259,997 votes against APC’s 152,224.
Time for results
The electoral commission is expected to start declaring results of the presidential election on Monday, including confirmation of official results for the National Assembly.
INEC officially opened the collation center for presidential election results in Abuja on Sunday.
‘‘There will be a formal inauguration and it is from there, hopefully in the not too distant future, the commission will make a formal declaration of who the next President of the Federal republic of Nigeria is,’‘ INEC chair Yakubu told journalists on Sunday.