The All Progressives Congress (APC) is leading in most key states across the country, with APC currently having 69% of the vote and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) having 30%. These numbers have not been publicly confirmed by the Independent National Election Comission (INEC), but offer the first national picture of voting trends.
The figures published by SaharaReporters of what it claims are the most current preliminary national presidential election results show the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan and his PDP party trailing badly.
The spokesperson of President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign organisation had claimed that based on the current tally of results by the party, the incumbent and his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, are leading the presidential elections.
“As we speak now, we are winning in 23 states and we have 64 per cent while the APC is winning in14 states and has 36 per cent,” Femi Fani-Kayode said in a press statement sent to media houses on Sunday evening.
He did not provide figures or any documentary evidence to back claims. Neither did he list the states in which his party is leading.
The spokesperson also accused the media of spreading false results about a loss for the president in the ongoing elections.
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, has dismissed the claim by Femi Fani-Kayode that President Goodluck Jonathan is leading in Saturday’s election in 23 of Nigeria’s 36 states.
“Only INEC can declare winners,” he said.
INEC is yet to officially announce the final results although collated results from various state INEC officials show the major candidates winning in different parts of the country.
Earlier, supporters of the main opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC), called for an election rerun in the oil-producing southern Rivers state, alleging that the vote on Saturday, March 28, had been rigged. Thousands marched through the state’s capital, Port Harcourt, to the regional offices of the electoral commission INEC on Sunday, March 29.
INEC acknowledged receipt of a letter by APC asking for the vote to be annulled and said it would investigate the matter.
Source SaharaReporters, Paul Awoyesuku