Nigeria election: Ballots counted after governor elections vote

Presidential polls How INEC worked against southern interests –Okurounmu

Presidential polls How INEC worked against southern interests –Okurounmu

One state is under The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

The APC now controls nearly two-thirds of the states, and any increase would boost the president's support from the Governors Forum.

The monitoring group said that two people had been killed and 35 vehicles destroyed in violence between political supporters in the southwest state of Lagos on Friday.

Nigerians yesterday participated in the 2019 Gubernatorial and State House of Assembly Elections, which was conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission across the country.

President Buhari was declared the victor by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with Atiku saying that he was robbed of victory.

They can also provide a strong collective voice in Abuja.

Violence, however, was relatively less as compared to attacks reported on February 23 - when Nigeria voted to elected their next president.

State-level elections are often predicted to broadly mirror presidential polling and this year come amid concerns about the role of security forces during the vote.

Most domestic and worldwide observers said last month's presidential vote was credible, despite well-documented problems.

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"The turnout of voters in the five polling units we visited today was abysmal, at some polling units, the election officials especially the party agents, were more than the voters", Chioma Agwuegbo, an Election Observer told Al Jazeera.

Accusations from the two main parties, accusing the other of conspiring with INEC to rig the result, have not gone away.

Nigeria has a history of electoral violence, particularly volatile Rivers, in the heart of the oil-producing southern delta.

The military has beefed up its presence in certain states, such as oil-rich Rivers, and in Benue, the epicenter of clashes in the central part of the country between crop farmers and cattle herders over grazing land that London-based Amnesty International said claimed about 2,000 lives previous year.

Reports from most parts of the country revealed that killings, ballot box snatching and the militarisation of the process militated against the elections.

About 120,000 polling stations opened at 07:00 GMT across Africa's most populous nation, but idle electoral officers spent much of the day waiting for voters in the capital, Abuja, and across the country.

The scandal earned him the nickname "Gandollar" but is not seen as affecting his chances unduly, given a fractured opposition.

Central Plateau, Taraba and Benue states, hit by renewed violence between farmers and nomadic herders, will also be watched given dissatisfaction at Buhari's response.

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