Jump to navigation

Nigeria

Tinubu edges to Presidential win as opposition and activists dispute the results

With over 30 of 36 states having submitted results, the ruling party's candidate is heading for victory

Festus Keyamo, communications director for Bola Tinubu's presidential campaign, said the ruling party's candidate had won comfortably – having secured a plurality of votes and 25% of the votes in two-thirds of the 36 states – according to results submitted to the the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Election observers estimate voter turnout to have sunk to 20-25%, the lowest since the country's return to civil rule in 1999 (AC Vol 64 No 5, A high turnout will shake up national politics).

Officials are due to release a marathon set of results later on 28 February from the presidential and national assembly elections, said an official at INEC. Several election observers expect the final results to be announced later on 28 February or early the following morning.

Reuters news agency reported that Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives' Congress (APC) was ahead with about 35% or 7.5 million of the votes counted from 31 of the 36 states, according to its tally. That would make him the probable winner in the first round on present trends.

Behind him are former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) with 29% or about 6.2m votes and Peter Obi of the Labour Party with 25% or some 5.2m votes.

This follows calls by opposition parties for INEC to suspend the announcement of results pending a review of its widespread failure to use digital recording systems to verify results at individual polling units.

The main opposition grievance is that at many polling stations INEC officials failed to record the results sheets, meant to be signed by all the party agents before transmitting digital copies of the sheets to collation centres and the commission's national HQ in Abuja. Instead, INEC officials have been filling in results sheets by hand but they lack the party agent's signatures and the digital verification.

On 27 February, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, a keen supporter of Peter Obi, said that INEC should not accept any results without digital verification as this would contravene electoral law.



Related Articles

A high turnout will shake up national politics

Peter Obi easily wins the opinion polls but the elections on the ground are still wide open

If many of the local and international opinion polls on Nigeria's presidential elections on 25 February prove accurate, then Peter Obi, the multi-millionaire banker standing on the...


Tinubu weighs politics vs competence

After a bumpy year, the President will have to sack some of his worst ministers and reshuffle others

As he prepares to mark a year in office, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has received a scorecard from his Political Advisor, Hadiza Bala Usman, which contains an evaluation of 45 mini...


Hard loans

Nigeria is questioning the legitimacy of much of the US$27 million debt claimed by the Paris Club of Western government creditors. Almost unprecedentedly, the meeting on 26-27 Octo...


Two virgins

Britain’s Virgin Atlantic has lost the first round in its battle with Nigeria’s government and is expected to sell all but 7% of its 49% stake in the lossmaking Virgin ...


Return of the Jagaban

Bola Tinubu – the Lagos kingmaker – holds the key to plans for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election next year

It was smiles all round as the happy band of politicians encircled a giant green and white birthday cake. Centre-stage at this grand party in Lagos on 27 March was President Muhamm...

READ FOR FREE