Nigeria election 2019: Muhammadu Buhari takes early lead
President Muhammadu Buhari has taken an early lead as votes are being counted in Nigeria’s general election, amid allegations of manipulation.Mr Buhari has won seven of Nigeria’s 36 states, while his rival Atiku Abubakar took two states and the capital Abuja.As results came in, Mr Abubakar’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) alleged that there had been irregularities in the vote.Party chair Uche Secondus called the count “incorrect and unacceptable”.He said there had been an “attempt by the government and other agencies to manipulate the result”, but did not give any evidence.
The EU, US and African Union have all expressed concern about delays and logistical problems with voting on Saturday, but no independent observers have suggested fraud.Mr Buhari, a member of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) party, is seeking re-election but faces a strong challenge from Mr Abubakar.Each party says the other is working with the Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec) to influence the vote, which was initially scheduled for 16 February but delayed at the last minute.Mr Buhari has promised to build on his accomplishments in office so far, while Mr Abubakar, a business tycoon, has accused the president of wasting his term.Whoever wins in Africa’s most populous nation and largest economy faces a range of problems including power shortages, corruption, security threats, and an economic slowdown.Final results are not expected until later in the week. But Mr Secondus has criticised the initial tallies, saying the government was using “impeachments, manipulation, incarceration” to influence the outcome.
In turn, the federal government accused the PDP of trying to “scuttle the polls” and prompt a constitutional crisis.The initial vote was postponed early on Saturday 16 February, five hours before polls were due to open. Voters were Muhammadu Buhari – seeking a second term – takes an early lead amid vote-rigging allegations. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news