Nigeria's Buhari looks to consolidate victory at state polls

Nigeria's Buhari looks to consolidate victory at state polls

He said the governorship election is one of the most keenly contested elections in Plateau State between the incumbent Governor Simon Lalong and the the PDP candidate, Jeremiah T. Useni.

While calling on the global community to keep an eye on the situation, the PDP added, "The use of soldiers to ambush the electoral process and confiscate results is an extreme scheme by the APC and the Buhari Presidency to enmesh the Rivers state governorship election in controversy, seeing that there is no way they can take away victory from the PDP".

Two people were killed and 35 vehicles destroyed in violence between political supporters in the southwest state of Lagos on Friday, the Situation Room said.

The UK through its High Commission in Nigeria said, "Extremely concerned by reports, including from @UKinnigeria observers, of military interference in the election process in Rivers State".

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is expected to announce the results in a few days.

They can also provide a strong collective voice in Abuja.

During the presidential and parliamentary polling, there were reports of violence, vote-buying, voter intimidation and ballot box vandalism in some states.

Moreover, the Situation Room has said last month's presidential election did not meet the minimum standard to be credible, although most domestic and global observers disagreed.

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Mr Tayo Oviosu Founder/CEO of Paga at the same polling unit said it was surprising that voters did not turn up for the elections.

It was another critical point in Nigeria's democracy which had a heavy presence of military forces in all the states to ensure a smooth and seamless process.

The PDP governor, Nyesom Wike, accused the military of complicity in the killing of 16 people in the Abonnema area of the state.

Atiku has approached the court to begin the process of auditing the results of the presidential vote which he says were manipulated.

The two parties are particularly keen to win in Lagos, the commercial capital that has 15 million to 20 million people and an economy of roughly $80 billion, according to Fitch Ratings Ltd., which makes it bigger than Ghana and similar to Kenya and Ethiopia.

Kano, in the northwest, sees the APC governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, seeking a second term, despite being caught on camera apparently accepting large amounts of cash in bribes.

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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