President Muhammadu Buhari, candidate of the All Progressives Congress
(APC), is ready to win Nigeria's 2019 presidential election as the opposition party panic, claiming INEC has manipulated the ongoing results.
As indicated by results seen by SaharaReporters at 67% outcomes assurance status, Buhari has polled more than 11million votes, and the figure will yet rise — with 33% of the outcomes yet to be seen — while Atiku Abubakar, his nearest challenger and hopeful of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has more than 7million votes.
Atiku lost both in Kano and Lagos, the two states with the highest voting population.
At this rate, there is high likelihood that Buhari may defeat Atiku by a margin of more than 2million, but it may not be as high as the 2.6million votes with which Buhari defeated then incumbent Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is still announcing the results at its national collation headquarters in Abuja, and is expected to formally declare Buhari re-elected on Tuesday morning.
The PDP, though, has already rejected the result, branding INEC’s figures “incorrect and unacceptable to our party”.