. APC leads in Kano, Sokoto, Kaduna, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Borno
. PDP leads in Enugu, Plateau, Nassarawa, Imo
. INEC to announce results from noon today
. David Mark, Ekweremadu win re-election to Senate

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Initial results pouring in from the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) across the states have shown that President Goodluck Jonathan and the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Major-General Muhammdu Buhari, were running neck and neck, but with Buhari edging ahead slightly in Kano, Sokoto, Osun, Ogun, Oyo, Kaduna, Ondo and Borno States, where he won most of the local government areas in the seven states.Jonathan-Buhari

However, President Jonathan trounced Buhari in Ekiti State where he won all the 14 local government areas, and had secured an early lead over Buhari in Plateau, Nassarawa, Imo and Enugu States.

Based on the results released by INEC in Abeokuta on Sunday, Buhari won in 13 local government areas out of the 20 local councils in the state.

He won in Odogbolu, Ijebu North-east, Ewekoro, Abeokuta North, Obafemi Owode, Ijebu Ode, Odeda, Ado Odo/Ota, Abeokuta South, Egbado North, Ifo, Ipokia and Egbado South giving him 60.9 per cent of the total results released so far.

Jonathan, on the other hand, won in Sagamu, Imeko Afon, Waterside, Ijebu East, Ijebu North, Ikenne and Remo North to secure 37.3 per cent of the votes cast.

In Osun State, Buhari also led in 26 out of 29 local government areas for which results had been released in a keenly contested race. The state has 33 local government areas in total.

Buhari was shown to have swept Atakumosa, Ife South, Odo-Otin, Isokan, Atakumosa East, Orolu, Ifelodun, Irepodun, Egbedore, Ayedaade, Ola-Oluwa, Ilesa West, Ayedire, Obokun, Oriade and Ilesa East, among other local government areas to secure 61.40 per cent of the votes cast in the 28 local councils.

Jonathan won only in Ife East and Ife Central council areas to end up with 38.60 per cent of the votes cast.

In Borno State, which has 27 local government areas, Buhari cleared all 15 councils by a landslide for which results were announced by INEC in Maiduguri.

He won in Kaga, Mafa, Askira-Uba, Ngala, Kukawa, Mobbar, Abadam, Ngansai, Dikwa, Marte, Kala-Balge, Gwoza, Gubio, Monguno and Bama, to garner 94.40 per cent of the votes cast in the 15 councils, while Jonathan got a measly 5.60 per cent of the votes.

However, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Samuel Madaki, announced that elections in nine polling units in three local councils in Borno were held on Sunday.

The affected polling units were Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC), five polling units in Jere and two polling units in Hawul.

In Oyo, Buhari also swept the presidential poll in 17 of the 19 local councils for which results were announced by INEC yesterday in Ibadan. Results were still being awaited from 14 councils in the state.

Of the total 377,815 votes cast for Buhari and Jonathan in the 19 councils, the APC presidential candidate got 241,546 of the votes cast, giving him 63.9 per cent, while the president got a paltry 136,269 votes or 36.1 per cent.

Similarly, five results from Kaduna showed Buhari was leading in three local councils. The INEC REC in the state announced that he won in Soba, Sabon Gari and Sango local councils with 157,938 votes cast in the five council or 66 per cent.

Jonathan, on the other hand won in Kaura and Jaba to secure 81,497 of the votes, representing 34 per cent of the votes cast in the five councils in the state.
Results were still being awaited in 18 local governments in Kaduna State last night.

Also, in a tightly contested race in Ondo, Buhari managed to edge out the president by winning eight of the 15 local councils for which results were announced. Ondo has 18 local councils.

The APC candidate got 248,588 of the votes cast in the 15 councils, translating to 54.5 per cent, while Jonathan who won in seven local councils, got 195,817 votes, representing 44.1 per cent.

In Abuja also, Buhari edged out Jonathan by winning 10,853 or 58.3 per cent to 7,762 of the votes cast in the city.

Buhari also continued on a winning streak in Kano, which boasts 44 local governments, the highest in the country.

Of the results released in 19 local councils in Kano, Buhari won in all the councils to secure 629,718 of the votes cast, or 87.70 per cent, while the president only managed to secure 87,800 of the votes or 12.30 per cent.
In Sokoto, Buhari continued his whitewash in the North-west by leading in Sokoto State, where results from two local governments were announced by INEC.

He got 82.10 per cent of the votes cast in the two LGs, compared to Jonathan’s 17.90 per cent.

In Ekiti, on the other hand, Jonathan floored Buhari, winning in all the 14 local government areas in the state. He got 176,476 of the 296,808 votes cast in Ekiti, representing 59.5 per cent, while Buhari secured 120,322 votes of 40.5 per cent.
As at last night, the president was also in the lead in Imo, Enugu, Plateau and Nassarawa States.

In Enugu, he won in the three local governments for which results were released while results were being awaited in 14 councils.

He got 74,290 of the votes cast in the state or 98.30 per cent, while Buhari managed to get 1,287 of the votes or 1.70 per cent cast in the three councils.
In Nassarawa, the president also led in four of the seven councils in the state for which results were announced. He got 124,555 votes, representing 56.05 per cent, while Buhari got 96,11 or 43.5 per cent in the three councils.

In Imo, Jonathan had a clear lead in 10 of the 11 local governments from which results were released. Imo has a total of 27 councils.

Jonathan won in Ideato North, Isiala Mbano, Obowo, Ohaji/Egbema, Okigwe, Oru East, Owerri Municipal, Nkwerre, Nwangele and Ideato South, securing 211,385 of the votes or 79.70 per cent.

Buhari, however, won in Ideato South to bring his total tally in the 12 local councils to 53,776 or 20.30 per cent.

In Plateau, exit polls showed that Jonathan was also in an early lead.
Providing further clarification on the results, the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, yesterday debunked the assertion by the PDP that it was leading in 23 states of the federation in the presidential election, stating that the collation of results of only two states had been completed and released.

He also declared that the commission was not under any pressure to declare the outcome of the presidential election as being inconclusive, while expressing worries over the violence and crisis in Rivers State, adding that the commission was investigating the crisis in the state and would take a position soon.

He cautioned media houses against publishing unofficial results, adding that only the commission has the constitutional powers to announce and declare results.

He also assured the public that the results of the presidential poll would be announced piecemeal from today at noon in the presence of media and stakeholders.

According to Jega, “Only INEC is empowered by law to announce results and it is an offence for anyone to preempt the commission in this regard.”

The INEC chairman, who expressed concern over the violence in Rivers State, acknowledged that the APC had petitioned the commission over the crisis, stating that INEC was yet to take a position on the petition.

“We have received a petition from the APC in Rivers State calling for cancellation of the elections. We are yet to take a position, but we are investigating the allegations.

“The commission is concerned over what happened in Rivers State and we will pay attention after investigations,” he said.

Jega declared the outcome of the elections and particularly the use of card readers as successful, stating that it was only in 374 polling units out of 155,000 polling units where the card users failed.

“Statistically, it is insignificant as it is only 0.25 per cent of the card readers that failed,” he said.

He named the areas where the card readers failed to include 90 polling units in Lagos State; 16 polling units in Kebbi; 25 polling units in Adamawa; six polling units in Niger; 37 polling units in Yobe; eight polling units in Borno; 37 polling units in Jigawa; 13 polling units in Kano; 116 polling units in Taraba; and two polling units in the Federal Capital Teritory (FCT).

Though Jega acknowledged that there were some lapses like the substitution of the trained ad hoc staff, underage voters and other electoral malpractices, he said the commission would investigate such complaints and appropriate sanctions would be taken against the INEC officials involved.

He commended Nigerians for the large turnout during Saturday’s elections and also for their resilience and remarkable understanding in the face of the observed difficulties during the elections, stating: “We hope that this good conduct will continue throughout the post election period.”

He considered it gratifying that the smart card readers worked well in the majority of the polling units, even where there were some problems, but manual accreditation took place in Osun, Kebbi, Ekiti, Adamawa, Borno, Jigawa, Anambra, Akwa Ibom and Ebonyi States.

He said the commission was investigating what led to the failure or difficulties in the card readers in the affected states.

Jega further said the commission received reports of isolated security challenges in some states, but added that they were successfully repelled, while commending the security agencies for their vigilance and dedication.

Meanwhile, preliminary results showed yesterday that Senate President David Mark and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, both won their re-elections to the Senate.

Results from Benue South, which comprises nine local government areas, suggested that Mark of the PDP won in all the nine local councils.
His main challenger and former Nigeria Students’ Union leader Daniel Onje polled significant votes in the senatorial district, but not enough to upset Mark.
Similarly, Ekweremadu was declared winner for the Enugu West senatorial district election held Saturday.

Ekweremadu, who contested on the platform of the PDP, polled 120,075 votes to beat his closest rival, Mrs Louisa Achieze of the APC, who polled 2,314 votes.

With the result announced by the Returning Officer for Enugu West, Prof Fab Onah will be returning to the senate for the fourth time.

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