April 2, 2023

Gradual importing of outcomes to INEC’s web site has fueled worries of malpractice within the nation.

Nigerian presidential candidate Peter Obi has gotten essentially the most votes within the industrial hub of Lagos state, which homes Africa’s largest metropolis.

Obi, of the Labor Celebration, acquired 582,454 votes, simply forward of former Lagos governor Bola Tinubu who acquired 572,606 votes for the governing All Progressives Congress Celebration (APC), electoral fee knowledge confirmed on Monday.

Lagos was beforehand Tinubu’s important stronghold.

Obi’s marketing campaign attracted youths and concrete voters fed up with corrupt conventional politics. It referred to as on voters to reject the 2 events which have run Africa’s most populous nation for 1 / 4 of a century.

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(Al Jazeera)

Almost 90 million have been eligible to vote within the elections to decide on a successor to President Muhammadu Buhari, with many hoping for a brand new chief to deal with insecurity, financial malaise and widening poverty.

Voting on Saturday was largely peaceable, however there have been some incidents of some polling stations being ransacked. Many others opened very late in Lagos and different cities. Voters stayed in a single day to look at over the preliminary depend at polling stations.

Voting continued in some elements of the nation on Sunday.

Saying first outcomes state by state, the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) on Sunday stated APC’s Tinubu received small, southwestern Ekiti state with PDP coming second.

Closing tallies for the presidential race might take days. Votes are tallied by hand at native polling stations and outcomes are uploaded on-line to INEC’s central database IReV, which is supposed to enhance transparency.

Nonetheless, sluggish importing of outcomes to INEC’s web site has fueled worries of malpractice in a rustic with a historical past of poll rigging and vote shopping for.

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Electoral officers depend ballots in entrance of occasion brokers and observers at a polling station in Yola, Nigeria [Sunday Alamba/AP Photo]

By Monday morning, outcomes from about 52,000 facilities had been submitted to the platform from round 176,000 polling facilities nationwide — roughly 30 p.c.

The PDP on Monday accused the ruling APC governors of pressuring INEC over leads to the southeast and in elements of Lagos, a extremely contested state with essentially the most registered voters at greater than seven million.

The early lead to one state for APC’s Tinubu was very preliminary in a rustic nearly equally divided between a largely Muslim north and a predominantly Christian south and with three important ethnic teams in several areas.

Voting is normally prescribed by giant key states comparable to Lagos and northwestern Kano and Kaduna.

To win the presidency, a candidate should get essentially the most votes, but additionally win at the very least 25 p.c of votes solid in two-thirds of Nigeria’s 36 states to mirror broad illustration.

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