Election results: Buhari defeats Atiku at Kwankwaso's LGA

Your votes will count Buhari tells Nigerian voters

He voted at polling unit-code 33, unit 2, Victoria Garden City, Lagos, the same polling Unit where Fela Durotoye, the presidential candidate of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) also cast his vote. The election was held a week late after the electoral commission cited several logistical challenges, including bad weather.

The electoral commission said voting was generally peaceful, but it mourned the killing of one of its workers by a stray bullet in Rivers state in the restive south.

"We have obtained credible intelligence from insiders that the FCT INEC Staff and the REC have caved in to pressure from security agencies and APC chieftains working on the instructions of President Buhari to cancel some area councils' presidential election results that were won overwhelmingly by the opposition candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and declare the FCT election inconclusive to enable the President and the APC to fully prepare with security agencies to write results in those areas during a rerun".

The venue of the announcement is the INEC state office, Agodi, Ibadan.

The delay saw the main parties accuse each other of conspiring with INEC to rig the result, although neither has produced evidence.

Six people were killed in the southern state of Rivers, which has always been a flashpoint for violence, while two others were killed in neighbouring Bayelsa.

A man waits after the scheduled opening voting time beside ballot boxes for the Presidential and General election at a polling station in Port Harcourt, southern Nigeria, on February 23, 2019.

Two people were killed in Borno and Yobe states in the northeast; two in the north central state of Kogi; and two in Ebonyi, in the southeast.

Continuing, he called on the people of Akwa Ibom state and Nigeria to adhere to the guides of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to discredit all social media results and allow the commission to conduct the collation to allow due process.

There were reports of ballot-snatching, vote-buying and violence elsewhere, including in the southwestern state of Lagos.

President Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler who unseated the incumbent in the 2015 election, is seeking a second term against more than 70 candidates.

But in other 17 wards, President Buhari and other APC candidates were already leading their closest rival, Atiku and other PDP candidates.

"INEC needed to have a communication plan with security but we found that this was lacking and security was ineffective", he said.

The groups said the death toll during Africa's biggest election were higher than that of the 2015 poll which was widely considered to have been orderly, aside from a Boko Hararm attack that killed more than a dozen people, Reuters reported. Parliamentary elections were held at the same time.

Buhari has again vowed to be tough on insecurity and corruption, and wants to complete much-needed infrastructure projects.

Nigerian elections have previously been characterised by voting along ethnic and religious lines.

In Danmusa, Mr Buhari scored 30,011 votes while Mr Abubakar scored 7528. Ayantuga also polled 1023 votes while his major opponent, Raji, could only poll 855 votes.

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