Nigeria awaits announcement of winner, as INEC completes collation of results
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has completed the collation of results for Saturday February 25, 2023 presidential election in Nigeria.
The All Progressives Alliance (APC’s) presidential candidate in the election, Bola Ahmed Tinubu may be declared winner after leading other candidates with 8,805,655 votes at the end collation of results from the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Tinubu is ahead with about 1.8 million votes.
Atiku who is at second position, polled 6,984,290 votes while Labour Party candidate, Peter Obi, is placed third with 6,093,962 votes.
According to Nigeria’s electoral law, a candidate needs to have the most votes nationwide and at least a quarter of ballots cast in 25 of the 36 states, plus Abuja, to be declared the winner.
If those thresholds are not reached, then there will a second round run-off between the top two candidates.
So far, it appears that Tinubu has passed that threshold.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) led by Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu who is also the National Collation Officer had announced a short break around 1.30am on Wednesday.
He said upon return, the Commission will conclude the entire process and announce winner of the election.
Meanwhile, Tinubu on Tuesday approached a court to prevent moves by opposition parties to halt the collation.
The former Lagos state governor along with his party filed a suit at Federal High Court in Kano to prevent the Labour Party and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from preventing the continuous announcement and collation of results of the poll.
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