Buhari says he expected Atiku to challenge results of presidential election

Buhari says he expected Atiku to challenge results of presidential election

Buhari says he expected Atiku to challenge results of presidential election

The APC had defeated PDP at the same polling unit during the presidential and National Assembly elections on February 23.

Ballots were cast in 29 of the country's 36 states.

There was wild jubilation as former Vice President and Presidential candidate of PDP, Atiku Abubakar delivered his polling unit, Ajiya 02, in Gwadabawa Ward, Yola North Local Government of Adamawa.

In the State House of Assembly elections results compiled by Presiding Officer Fari Abduljaleel Umar, PDP also led with 139 votes.

More than 84 million voters registered to take part in the elections but only 35 percent of that number took part in last month's presidential and National Assembly elections.

Also in PU 002, APC won with the governorship polls with 147 followed by PDP with 72 and PRP 2 votes, while in the assembly election APC scored 132, PDP 82 and PRP 5.

Map showing election results around the country

President Buhari was declared the victor by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with Atiku saying that he was robbed of victory.

But, President Buhari, who reacted to the decision of Atiku to seek legal redress over the outcome of the election, told newsmen at the polling unit that: "I expect that to happen".

Although turnout for the presidential election was low across the country, it was higher in the northern states - one factor behind Mr Buhari's victory.

Seven states - Kogi, Bayelsa, Ekiti, Osun, Ondo, Edo and Anambra - did not hold elections because their governors have not finished their four-year terms.

Lagos has an estimated population of 17.5 million people - this is more than the combined population of Gabon, The Gambia, Liberia, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone.

About 120,000 polling stations opened at 07:00 GMT across Africa's most populous nation, but idle electoral officers spent much of the day waiting for voters in the capital, Abuja, and across the country. Other key battlegrounds are Kaduna, Akwa Ibom, Imo, Kano and Kwara.

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