31 states declared so far and APC is still leading with 2,894,494 votes.
Only 5 states remain – Sokoto, Taraba, Borno, Edo and Delta. The
commission took a 10mins recess. Back in a few minutes
The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared victory
for its candidate, Muhammadu Buhari in Nigeria’s bitterly contested
presidential election in an election marred by confusion, arguments
Victory for former military ruler Buhari would mark the first time in
Nigeria’s history that an opposition party has democratically taken
control of the country from the ruling party.
To win the election, Buhari needed to win more than 50 percent
of the total votes nationally – and take at least 25 percent of the vote
in two thirds of the states.
The 72-year-old built an early lead in northern states dominated by
the mainly Muslim, Hausa-Fulani ethnic group of which he is a member.
Incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, whose five years in
office have been plagued by corruption scandals and an insurgency by
Boko Haram fighters, was trailing by around 500,000 votes before votes in pro-opposition areas were counted.