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General News of Sunday, 26 February 2023


LIVE UPDATES: Tinubu is president-elect, reactions

Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been declared sinner of presidential elections Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been declared sinner of presidential elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has begun the collation of results from the thousands of polling units across the country.

With the results trickling in, the next 24 hours will be crucial as the winner of the presidential election will become clearer.

The leading candidates, Ahmed Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) and Rabiu Musa Kwankawaso of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) – won in their respective polling units.

The process has been described as fairly peaceful despite the pockets of violence and disruptions recorded in Lagos, Kogi and Bayelsa.

There were also reports of the late start of voting and malfunctioning of the Bimodal Voter Authentication System (BVAs) in some polling units across the country.

Peter Obi who has become a sensation throughout the electioneering process won some unexpected polling units in Lagos and Abuja.

Meanwhile, there were some shocks in some polling units as some bigwigs of various political parties failed to deliver their polling units for their parties’ presidential flag bearers.

They include the national chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Adamu, in whose polling unit LP’s Peter Obi won. However, Obi’s running mate, Ahmed Datti, lost his polling unit to APC’s Tinubu.

The Senate president, Senator Ahmad Lawan, equally failed to deliver his polling unit to the presidential candidate of his party, APC, as PDP’s Atiku won there.

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), 87 million eligible voters have claimed their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs). The states with the highest collection rate are; Bauchi - 99 percent, Anambra - 98.4 percent, Katsina - 98 .4percent, Niger - 97.6 percent, Kebbi - 97.4 percent, Gombe - 97.4 percent and Borno 97.4 percent.

The lowest are; Ogun - 18.5 percent, Oyo - 15.7 percent, Ogun - 15.3 percent, Edo - 14.9 percent, Ondo - 13.2 percent, Lagos - 12.0 percent and Adamawa - 10.3 percent.

1,101 candidates for the Senate and 3,122 candidates will vie for federal constituencies in the House of Representatives.

A total of 1,265,227 officials have been trained and will be deployed for the elections. They include presiding, collation, and returning officers, as well as 530,538 polling unit security officials.

1,642,386 identification tags for the polling and collation officers, and provide 176,846 Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) devices and 17,618 BVAS machines for backup, INEC said.

The election is the biggest on the continent and costs N253.9bn.

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