By our reporters
ABUJA—PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, jumped into the lead, yesterday, and may be declared winner of the February 23 presidential polls, going by results so far released from the states by the various returning officers.
With results from 33 states of the country and the FCT, Abuja, President Buhari has 14,322,804 votes while Atiku has 10,201,980 votes as tallied by Vanguard. The results include 29 states released at INEC National Collation Centre, Abuja, INEC Twitter handle (@inecnigeria) and returning officers across the states.
At press time, results for Kebbi, Cross River and Akwa Ibom states had not been announced on any platform.
According to the results, Buhari won in 18 states while Atiku won in 16 states. Buhari also won in four zones, South-West, North-Central, North-West and North-East where Atiku hails from. On the other hand, Atiku had the upper hand in the South-East and South-South geo-political zones (see table).
The states won by Buhari are Lagos, Ekiti, Osun, Ogun, Kwara, Kogi, Niger, Yobe, Bauchi, Katsina, Kaduna, Kano, Jigawa, Zamfara, Sokoto, Borno, Nasarawa and Gombe.
States that fell for the PDP candidate are Oyo, Ondo, Enugu, Anambra, Imo, Ebonyi, FCT, Plateau, Benue, Adamawa, Taraba, Edo, Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta, and Abia.
How Buhari, Atiku fared in the states
In Borno, the INEC result showed that Buhari swept all the 27 Local Government Area scoring 841,736 votes with Atiku getting 65,414 votes
The PDP candidate won the presidential election in Rivers State. Abubakar scored 473,971 votes to President Buhari, who had 150,710 votes.
The state collation officer, Enefiok Essien, declared the results, yesterday, evening, three days after the collation exercise started in Port Harcourt. The collation exercise ended in chaos as APC agents protested the deletion of the controversial Emohua Local Government Area results.
Out of the 23 LGAs in the state, Abubakar won 14 while Mr Buhari took three after Emohua LGA was removed.
There were no results collated from six LGAs: Bonn, Asari Toru, Okrika, Ikwerre and Ahoada West, and Emohua.
The LGAs Atiku won included Oyigbo (APC – 3520; PDP – 16,102), Omuma (APC – 2494; PDP – 15322), ONELGA (APC – 10996; PDP – 28536), and Eleme (APC – 2412; PDP – 8464). PDP also won Gokana (APC – 9328; PDP – 10276) and Etche (APC – 7163; PDP – 11135).
He also took Governor Nyesom Wike’s Obio Akpor (APC – 6875; PDP – 69981) and party chairman Uche Secondus’ Andoni (APC – 10766; PDP – 72330).
Then, he also had Khana (APC – 5329; PDP – 89843), Ogu Bolo (APC – 2148; PDP – 8221), Tai (APC – 2564; PDP -45049), Degema (APC – 7298; PDP – 14083), Port Harcourt City (APC – 10742; PDP – 46851), and Ahoada East (APC – 4693; PDP – 10612).
Buhari won Opobo/Nkoro (APC – 3,706; PDP – 3,573), Asari Toru (APC- 8,180; PDP – 3,175) and Obua Odua (APC – 42,496; PDP – 20,416).
Elections did not hold in Bonny and Akuku Toru LGAs due to violence. In Okrika, Ikwerre and Ahoada West LGAs, the EOs, who did not come with their respective COs, said there was nothing to show election held. They accused “PDP and APC” supporters of shootings and the Nigerian Army of violent disruptions of collation exercise.
In Emohua, where Buhari had earlier been announced to have won with 72,745 votes, while Abubakar came far behind with 7,148 votes, Mr Essien said the results would be dropped because the ward collation officers wrote a report that no collation took place.
He had on Monday night said the results from Emohua would be recorded and the controversy around them escalated to the national collation centre in Abuja.
The agent of the APC, Samson Ngerebara, challenged Mr Essien’s decision to reverse himself but nothing came of his effort.
“If you want to make yourself the tribunal, sit now and start to Investigate all the results,” said Mr Ngerebara. “I have the recording of all you said last night.”
“You mutilated results against our President Muhammadu Buhari,” another one said.
Mr Essien was escorted out of the collation centre by armed security agents as APC agents moved to stop his exit, bringing the exercise to a chaotic end.
Journalist and observers ran out of the centre through the windows.
Rivers State has 3,125,278 registered votes. But the voter turnout was low as the exercise on Saturday was marred by widespread violence, which claimed several lives. According to the state collation officer, Mr Essien, only 677,743 voters were accredited for the presidential election, amounting to 21 per cent of the registered voters.
The LGA collation officers and electoral officers lamented the violence and irregularities that marred the polls in their respective areas.
In the 2015 presidential election, APC polled an insignificant 69,238 against PDP’s 1.4 million.
Buhari causes upset in Delta, gets 2 LGs
Collation of the last Saturday’s Presidential election results across the 25 local government areas of Delta State by the INEC ended at the Commission’s headquarters in Asaba, yesterday.
The exercise which was very peaceful, saw Alhaji Atiku Abubakar winning 23 of the 25 local government areas in the state, while President Buhari won in two local government areas.
The overall scores for the Presidential election in Delta State was announced by the Collation Officer for the election in the State, Prof Seth Accra Jaja.
According to Jaja, the PDP candidate scored 594,608, while the APC flagbearer got 221,292 votes.
He said registered voters in the state was 2,719,313, while accredited voters for the election was 891,647. The State Collation Officer who is the Vice Chancellor, Niger Delta University, Otueke in Bayelsa State commended the peaceful nature of the collation exercise.
He also commended the security agencies for their support and cooperation. The various Returning Officers across the local government areas had earlier submitted their reports to the state collation officer for the presidential election.
In Ughelli North, the Returning Officer, Dr. Daniel Orunwese announced that the PDP scored 16,140, while APC got 24,193 votes.
For SAPELE local government area the Returning Officer Dr. Ben Akogbu said PDP won with 13,642 to beat APC to the second position with 9,776 votes.
In Ndokwa west, the Returning Officer for the election, Dr Monday Nwabudike announced that the PDP candidate scored 20,498 votes, while APC candidates got 3,579 votes.
PDP candidate also came on top in Bomadi local government area with 62,297 votes, while APC candidate scored 1,742 votes.
In Ndokwa East, the Returning Officer for the election stated that the PDP won with 20,976 to beat the APC candidate who got 3,312 votes.
PDP won in Warri North local government with
25,394 votes, while APC got 12,744 votes.
In Ika South Local government area , the PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar polled 20, 080 while President Mohammadu Buhari according to the returning officer, Dr Louis Chiejine, polled 6,378.
The PDP scored 29,331 votes in Ika North East local government area, while APC had 5,265 votes.
In Patani Local government area, PDP won with 17,028 against APC’s 4,789. PDP led with 12,99 in Aniocha North Local Government area, while APC candidate got 3,674.
Similarly, the PDP Alhaji Atiku Abubakar polled 19,700 votes and President Mohammadu Buhari had 1,960 votes in Oshimili North Local Government area.
In Isoko North PDP scored 19515 to beat APC candidate who got 7045 votes as announced by the Returning Officer, Dr Lawrence Osagede.
The Returning Officer for Okpe local government area, Dr Samadi Labi, while reading out the scores from the council area, said APC got 7,769 votes and PDP, 11,167 votes.
In Warri South West local government area, APC scored 43,214 votes, while PDP got 81,833 votes.
For Burutu local government area, the Returning Officer for the election, Dr Chiweuba Okafor announced that the APC scored 5546 votes and PDP got 38,543 votes.
The Returning Officer for Isoko South local government area, Prof Josephine Mokwunye said APC scored 10536, while PDP got 19407 votes.
In Warri south APC scored 10,007, PDP 22086. The result was declared by the local government area’s returning officer for the election, Professor Solomon Omonigho.
From the declared results across the 25 local government areas of the state Buhari won in Ughelli North and Ethiope East, while Atiku was victorious in Ukwuani, Udu, Uvwie, Ika South, Ethiope West, Ika North East, Ughelli South, Ndokwa West, Warri North, Aniocha South, Bomadi, Aniocha North, Patani, Oshimili North, Sapele, Oshimili South and Ndokwa East, Isoko South, Burutu, Warri South West, Okpe, Warri South and Isoko North local government areas.
APC wins Jigawa in a landslide
In Jigawa, President Buhari recorded a landslide victory over Atiku.
Presenting the result at the INEC’s National Collation Centre, in Abuja, the Collation Officer for the state, Professor Abduzuru Abdullahi, the Vice Chancellor, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, said the APC polled 794,738 votes while Atiku scored 289,895 votes.
He said that the state, with 27 local government areas, had 2,104,889 registered voters of which 1,171,801 were accredited for the election. He added that 1,149,922 votes were cast in the polls of which 1,106,244 were valid.
Atiku clears Anambra
However, Atiku achieved expected victory in Anambra State where his running mate, Peter Obi, hails from. He polled 524,738 votes while Buhari had 33,298 votes, Gbor Terwase of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, scored 30,033 and Felix Nicholas of the Peoples Collation Party, PCP scored 4,374 votes among others, according to the State Returning Officer, Francis Otunta, the Vice-Chancellor of Michael Okpara University, who announced the result, yesterday, at the National Collation Centre, Abuja.
The state has 2,389,332 registered voters, 675,273 voters were accredited; 625,035 were total votes cast; 605,734 were valid votes; and and 19,301 were voided votes.
The state recorded 69,395 canceled votes in 114 polling units across seven local councils in the state.
Meanwhile, a representative of the APGA raised an observation that the party state chairman briefed him that there was no voting in Onitsha North and hoodlum also attacked Opoko Local Government of the state.
Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who said he has yet to receive any petition since the collation started, promised to attend to all petitions.
How Buhari beat Atiku in Zamfara
In Zamfara, the Returning Officer, Professor Kabiru Bala, at the end of the collation of results, yesterday, in Gusau, said Buhari garnered 438,682 votes while Atiku scored 125,423 votes.
He however reported that many of the local government returning officers complained of attacks by either bandits or hoodlums leading to the rejection of 18,785 votes across 14 local councils of the state.
Atiku edges out Buhari in Taraba
After a tough duel, Atiku edged out Buhari in the Taraba tough battle.
The state presidential elections collation officer, Prof. Shehu Iya, who is the deputy Vice Chancellor, Madibo Adamawa University of Technology, Yola, while announcing results, yesterday, in Jalingo at the state INEC secretariat, said Atiku polled 374,743 votes while Buhari had 324,906 votes.
Iya said said Taraba has 1,777,105 registered voters of which 741,564 were accredited to vote.
He also noted that the total number of valid votes was 712, 877 while 28,627 votes were rejected.
Of the 16 local councils in Taraba State, President Buhari won in six while Atiku Abubakar emerged victorious in 10.
Buhari wins Kano, Katsina with over one million votes each
President Buhari showed his popularity in Kano and Katsina states by recording over one million votes in both states.
According to results announced, yesterday, at the Kano headquarters of the INEC by the state Collation Officer Professor Magaji Garba of the Federal University of Gusau, Buhari polled 1,464,768 votes while Atiku Abubakar scored 391,593 votes.
The total registered voters in the state is 5,391,581 of which 4,870,307 PVCs were collected but only 1,964,651 votes were cast of which 73,617 were declared as rejected votes. The voters turnout for the polls was 40 per cent.
In Katsina, President Buhari got 1,232,133 votes while Atiku scored 308,056.
Although, the PDP recorded an improved performance because Buhari won with a wider margin in 2015.
According to the results released by the state collation officer for Katsina State, Professor Fatima Mukhtar, Buhari scored 1,232,133 votes to beat his closest challenger, Atiku Abubakar of the PDP, who scored 308,056 votes. A difference of 924,077 votes exists between both candidates.
Buhari won in all the 34 local government areas in the state. However, he scored fewer votes in 2019 compared to 2015 while Abubakar scored more votes in the state than the PDP 2015 candidate, Goodluck Jonathan.
In 2015, while Buhari polled 1,345,441 votes, Jonathan of the PDP scored 98,937 votes.
Buhari improves performance but loses in Edo
In Edo, Buhari recorded a mark-up in the number of votes he got this year compared to 2015 even though he lost the state. APC got 267,842 votes compared to the PDP’s 275,691 votes.
An elated Governor Godwin Obaseki expressed appreciation to Edo people for the growing acceptance of the APC in Presidential and National Assembly elections.
In a statement by the Governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, the governor said that the state’s performance in the 2019 election is an improvement on its performance in the 2015 elections.
The governor’s aide said that a comparison of the results shows that in 2019, PDP polled 275,691, and the APC got 267,842; while in 2015, the PDP scored 286,869 against APC’s 208,469 in the presidential election.
“In 2015, the margin of defeat was 78400 votes, but in 2019, it dropped by 90 per cent to 7849 votes. This is a considerable improvement on the party’s performance,” he added.
Atiku takes 13 LGAs to defeat Buhari in Benue
The PDP Presidential Candidate Atiku Abubakar won the election in Benue state with a narrow margin.
According to the state collation officer, Prof. Sebastian Maimako, Atiku polled 356,817 votes to defeat Buhari, who garnered 347,668 votes.
The PDP candidate, therefore beat his APC’s opponent by a total margin of 7,587 votes.
The total number of votes cast was put at 761,780, while total valid votes was 727,347 and rejected votes were 34,433. Of the 2,391,276 registered voters only 786, 069 were accredited for the polls.
The PDP candidate won in 13 of the 23 local governments of the state while Buhari won 10.
Atiku Abubakar won in Governor Samuel Ortom’s local government while Buhari won in George Akume, the APC leader’s local government.
Atiku takes Imo
Also, Atiku secured a huge victory in Imo State where he scored 334, 923 votes compared to President Buhari’s 140,463 votes. He won in 25 of the 27 local councils while Buhari took two – Oru East and Ideato South of his party’s governorship candidate in the state, Hope Uzodinma, and Governor Rochas Okorocha respectively.
With this result, Buhari secured more votes than the 133,253 votes he got from the state in 2015
The result for Nkwerre LGA that was earlier declared for Buhari was changed when it was discovered that 1,000 votes were added to the score.
Instead of 5161, the officer wrote 6161 while the result of PDP remains at 5819, putting PDP ahead of APC.
The INEC Returning Officer, Benjamin Ozumba, who is the Vice Chancellor of University of Nigeria, Nsukka, announced the remaining three LGAs, yesterday at the commissions’ office in Owerri, the state capital before he went to the National Collation Centre to announce the overall result.
Buhari wins Bauchi
In Bauchi, the APC polled 798,428 votes to beat the PDP, which scored 209,313 votes.
Alhassan Ghani, the State Collation officer, announced the result after collation from the 20 local government areas of the state, yesterday, in Bauchi.
He said the state had 2,453,512 registered voters, out of which 1,075,330 were accredited for the election.
Mr Ghani added that a total of 1,061,955 votes were cast, out of which APC scored 798,428 votes and PDP scored 209,313 votes.
According to the collation officer, the exercise recorded a total of 1,024,307 valid votes and 37,648 invalid votes.
Buhari wins 15 of 23 Kaduna local councils
President Buhari also had the upper hand in Kaduna where in addition to winning in 15 of the 23 local government areas of the state, he polled 993, 445 to defeat his closest rival, Atiku Abubakar, who had 649, 612 votes.
Atiku floors Buhari in Bayelsa
In Bayelsa, Atiku Abubakar emerged as the victor having scored 197,933 votes while Buhari got 118, 821 votes.
Out of the eight local government areas in the state, Atiku won in six and lost two to Buhari, according to the results announced at the INEC Collation Centre in Yenagoa, the State Collation Officer and Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Professor Zana Akpagbo.
The PDP won in Yenagoa, Kolokuma-Opokuma, Sagbama, Ogbia, and Brass, the Local Government Area of the APC state party leader and former governor Chief Timipre Sylva and also in Ekeremor, the local government area of the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri.
The APC won in Nembe and Southern Ijaw Local Government Areas.
Prof Akpagbo said out of a total of 923,189 registered voters in the state, 344,237 were accredited, while the total valid votes stood at 321,767 and total votes cast was 335856 and 14,089 were rejected votes.