Bola Tinubu of the ruling APC party is leading with about 35 percent or 7.5 million of valid votes counted, while Atiku Abubakar of the main opposition PDP was trailing with 29 percent or nearly 6.2 million valid votes. TRT
Diplomat Times (ABUJA) – Provisional results from Nigeria’s disputed presidential election showed that Bola Tinubu from the ruling party is closing in on victory, according to the latest Reuters tally of votes in 31 of the country’s 36 states and from nation’s capital.
With only 5 states left to declare as of 1300 GMT on Tuesday, Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress party (APC) was ahead with about 35 percent or 7.5 million of valid votes counted, making it highly likely he would be declared winner on Tuesday following Saturday’s election to replace outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari, also APC.
Atiku Abubakar of the main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was trailing with 29 percent or nearly 6.2 million valid votes.
Peter Obi of the smaller Labour Party got 25 percent or about 5.2 million votes. More results were expected to show the winner later on Tuesday.
Known as the “Godfather of Lagos” for his influence, Tinubu served as governor of the country’s most populous state from 1999 to 2007.
Tinubu, however, lost narrowly to Obi in Lagos, garnering 572,000 votes against the latter’s 582,000 votes.
As of 1230 GMT, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had posted results from 83,906 polling units out of 176,846.
Opposition parties have rejected the results as the product of a flawed process, which suffered multiple technical difficulties owing to the introduction of new technology by INEC.
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The preliminary results announced in the states will again be presented at INEC’s central office in the capital, Abuja.
But INEC officers in Rivers State, the capital of Africa’s biggest oil industry, said they had suspended the announcement of results after state collation officer Charles Adias had received death threats via text message.
Nigerian electoral law says a candidate can win just by getting more votes than their rivals, provided they get 25 percent of the vote in at least two-thirds of the 36 states.
Saturday’s election was mostly peaceful, but many polling stations opened late, angering voters, and delays or technical failures slowed uploading of results to an official INEC website meant to promote transparency.
PDP and other party officials stormed out of the counting center on Monday night claiming tallies were manipulated.
Whoever replaces Buhari must quickly get to grips with Africa’s largest economy and top oil producer, which is beset by problems including a grinding violence in the northeast and double-digit inflation.
Buhari, a former army general first elected in 2015, will step down after two terms in office. His critics say he failed in his key promises to make Nigeria safer.
WHO IS BOLA TINUBU ?
Bola Tinubu is a Nigerian politician and one of the most influential political figures in the country today. He was born on March 29, 1952, in Lagos, Nigeria, to a family of modest means. After completing his secondary education at Government College, Ibadan, he went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Chicago State University in the United States.
He stated his career as accountant and politician who served as the Governor of Lagos State from 1999 to 2007 and Senator for Lagos West during the brief Third Republic. In June 2022, he was chosen as the All Progressives Congress nominee in the 2023 Nigerian presidential election.
His political career began in 1992, when he joined the Social Democratic Party where he was a member of the Peoples Front faction led by Shehu Musa Yar’Adua and made up of other politicians such as Umaru Yar’Adua, Atiku Abubakar, Baba Gana Kingibe, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Abdullahi Aliyu Sumaila, Magaji Abdullahi, Dapo Sarumi and Yomi Edu. He was elected to the Senate, representing the Lagos West constituency in the short-lived Nigerian Third Republic.
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