Security concerns are simmering in Nigeria as the last batch of results are trickling in from regions that could see Goodluck Jonathan breathing a sigh of relief after registering early losses to opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari.
Jonathan’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been tailing in most of the collated results of about 18 of the 36 federal states, but the River state region with over 1.6 million ballots cast, could derail Buhari’s momentum and salvage Jonathan from defeat.
The ruling party has managed to garner about 1,487,075 votes with the opposition, All Progressives Congress (APC) having registered 69,238.
If the result stands then Jonathan would be nearing towards a stalemate with Buhari who for the most part of the announcement seemed a clear winner.
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There are indications that he could net over 80 per cent of the vote that will see him significantly cutting on Buhari’s seemingly insurmountable lead.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the INEC, Attahiru Jega has dismissed calls to cancel results from Rivers state, saying the reasons raised where not enough to warrant the action being called for by the APC.
“The decision of the Commission is that we will take the results of the elections in Rivers state,” said Jega.
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“We have taken measures to make sure that reoccurrences do not occur in the future. We do not believe the allegations are substantial enough to require the cancellation/rescheduling of the elections in Rivers.”
Jega said the commission cannot establish any cancellation or substitution of results and the INEC sent a list of collation officers to the state.
Some parts of the country such as Port Harcourt have been placed under a curfew from seven in the evening to six in the morning due to protests, this was announced yesterday following INEC updates.