Guber Polls: Ihedioha of PDP wins in Imo Government House

Leroy Wright
March 13, 2019

Voting ended at 2 p.m.at most polling centers, followed by the counting of ballots, with results only likely to start trickling in from Sunday.

Civil society groups on Saturday said turnout in the governor elections was low across Nigeria, in part due to a large military presence intimidating voters and apathy after the presidential election was delayed by a week.

Seven people were confirmed killed in election-related violence across the country in the past 24 hours, according to the Nigerian Election Situation Room grouping of observers.

Buhari, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), beat Atiku Abubakar of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in last month's presidential election by 15.2 million votes to 11.3 million, although turnout was just 35.6 percent.

His All Progressives Congress (APC) now controls 22 states while the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is in charge in 13. One assembly is ruled by the third front - All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

While calling on the worldwide community to keep an eye on the situation, the PDP added, "The use of soldiers to ambush the electoral process and confiscate results is an extreme scheme by the APC and the Buhari Presidency to enmesh the Rivers state governorship election in controversy, seeing that there is no way they can take away victory from the PDP".

They can also provide a strong collective voice in Abuja.

Voting patterns are often predicted to broadly mirror presidential polling.

There were also reports of abductions, violence and vote buying, as well as at least 10 deaths before and on polling day.

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Most domestic and worldwide observers said last month's presidential vote was credible, despite well-documented problems.

Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, the party's flagbearer, was announced victor of the election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is expected to announce the results in a few days. Rivers is typically keenly contested because it is in the Niger Delta region that produces most of Nigeria's crude oil, which accounts for two-thirds of government revenue.

Three such centers were burned in Ebonyi, said the Center for Democracy and Development, one of the major local organizations monitoring the election.

An AFP reporter in the Rivers state capital, Port Harcourt, said there was a heavy military presence on the streets.

The APC won 19 states, while the PDP secured 16, plus the capital, Abuja.

Control of the commercial capital is a key prize given its sheer size and role as the main driver of the country's economy.

But supporters have clashed with those of his influential former boss Rabiu Kwankwaso, who is supporting his son-in-law Abba Kabiru Yusuf as PDP candidate.

The scandal earned him the nickname "Gandollar" but is not seen as affecting his chances unduly, given a fractured opposition.

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