Atiku's dispute of elections result expected, says Buhari

Atiku's dispute of elections result expected, says Buhari

The PDP is hoping for victory in some of the 22 states now run by President Muhammadu Buhari's ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

In Nigeria, governors control state finances, and are responsible for key areas including education and health. Both that election and Saturday's vote were delayed by a week in a last-minute decision as the electoral commission cited numerous logistical problems in a country of some 190 million people and poor infrastructure.

The military has beefed up its presence in certain states, such as oil-rich Rivers, and in Benue, the epicenter of clashes in the central part of the country between crop farmers and cattle herders over grazing land that London-based Amnesty International said claimed about 2,000 lives a year ago.

They can also provide a strong collective voice in Abuja.

Elections for governors were being held in 29 of Nigeria's 36 states, for all state assemblies, plus the administrative councils in the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja.Voting was mostly peaceful but there were reports of vandalism, violence and vote buying, including deaths on Friday night.

"Most of governance functions at the state level where it has the most impact on people's lives", he said.

"Voter turnout remains low", the Situation Room, a monitoring mission comprising over 70 civic groups, said of Saturday's vote in a statement.

Voting patterns are often predicted to broadly mirror presidential polling. "They believe that their votes did not count in the elections from February 23, and don't trust the system enough to come out again", Agwuegbo said.

Because Buhari's APC has been banned from fielding a gubernatorial candidate in Rivers as a result of internal party disputes, it's supporting the African Action Congress against the PDP.

Moreover, the Situation Room has said last month's presidential election did not meet the minimum standard to be credible, although most domestic and global observers disagreed.

Accusations from the two main parties, accusing the other of conspiring with INEC to rig the result, have not gone away.

Transport minister Amaechi, a former governor of Rivers, confirmed three people were killed on Friday, including a local government chairman.

Violence erupted after nightfall in Warri and Ughelli cities in Delta state in the restive south as some party supporters fearing an election loss destroyed results sheets and other voting materials.

Reports from most parts of the country revealed that killings, ballot box snatching and the militarisation of the process militated against the elections.

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