From the results released so far by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for Saturday’s presidential election, it looks like the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari, is about to cause a major upset as he is leading in 10 states and has scored the highest number of votes, based on the official announcement of figures yesterday in Abuja.
In all results of the presidential election in 18 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, released so far by INEC, in terms of numerical strength, Buhari is leading by 8, 520, 436 votes against the 6, 488, 210 votes recorded by President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Progressives Party (PDP).
However, final results are expected to be collated and released today.
From the results announced by INEC collation officers from the states in Abuja on Monday, the APC presidential candidate polled higher than President Jonathan in the North East while the two candidates shared the votes in North-Central.
Similarly, the announced presidential poll results indicate that Mr. Jonathan as expected, coasted home to victory in all the South-South and the South East states.
However, in the Northwest and Southwest, Buhari trounced his arch-rival except in Ekiti, where the PDP had a narrow win.
The collating officers, made up of vice chancellors of federal universities, recorded that in Kano State, APC polled 1, 903, 999 while PDP got 215, 779
In Jigawa State, APC polled 885,988 while PDP got 142,904, while in Katsina State, APC got 1,345,441 while PDP got 98,937. In Kwara State, APC polled 302,146 against PDP’s 132,602. Buhari also beat Jonathan in Kaduna with a total votes of 1,127760 to Jonathan’s 484, 085.
However, in Anambra State, APC was trounced 17, 926 to PDP’s 660, 762. Buhari also lost by a wide margin in Abia to Jonathan with the latter scoring 368, 303 to the former’s 13, 394. In Imo, PDP also won by a wide margin of 559,185 to APC’s 133,253.
The other released results include:
Ekiti: PDP – 176, 446; APC – 120, 331;
Enugu: PDP – 553,003; APC – 14,157 votes.
FCT: PDP – 157,195 votes; APC – 146,399 votes.
Kogi: PDP – 149,987 votes; APC – 264,851 votes
Plateau: PDP 549, 615; APC – 429, 140
Nasarawa: PDP – 273,460 votes; APC – 236,838 votes
Ogun: PDP – 207,950 votes; APC – 308,290 votes
Ondo: PDP – 251,368 votes; APC – 299,889 votes
Osun: PDP – 249,929 votes; APC: – 383,603
Oyo: PDP – 303,376 votes; APC – 528,620
Akwa Ibom: PDP – 963,304 votes; APC – 58,411
The agent of the APC, Sen. Olorunimbe Mamora, complained about the APC votes in Enugu State, saying that it was supposed to be 22, 690 instead of the 14, 157 declared by the state collation officer.
However, following an open audit of the process, the INEC chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, announced that the figures were correct.
Meanwhile, INEC will continue announcement of the results today by 10 a.m.