‘Treasonable!’ PDP reacts to alleged confiscation of results by soldiers in Rivers

Erika Holt
March 11, 2019

Similarly, at the PU 009 APC won in the Governorship election with 198 votes, PDP 44 and PRP 1 while the parties secured 168, 60 and 7, respectively in the legislative polls.

Ballots are being cast in 29 of the country's 36 states.

"Extremely concerned by reports, including from @UKinnigeria observers, of military interference in the election process in Rivers State", the commission said on Twitter.

More than 84 million voters registered to take part in the elections but only 35 percent of that number took part in last month's presidential and National Assembly elections.

Incumbent PDP governor Nyesom Wike, who is considered a favourite to be reelected, has accused the military of complicity in the killing of 16 people in the Abonnema area of the state.

The main opposition presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar is challenging the outcome of the recently-concluded presidential election which he claims was rigged in favour of Buhari.

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Fears of possible election-related violence led to a massive deployment of security personnel across the country, and on Friday the army said it would ensure that people could vote in a non-violent environment. "We don't understand who and where they were deployed from, we are not accusing Nigerian Army and airforce, we are only saying that if they are not from them, they should come and rectify the situation so that our officers can be allowed to do their duties".

Seven states - Kogi, Bayelsa, Ekiti, Osun, Ondo, Edo and Anambra - will not hold elections because their governors have not finished their four-year terms.

However, police told Agence France-Presse that a local election observer was killed in the southeastern state of Enugu on Saturday, after being "hit by a stray bullet fired by a policeman to disperse a group of protesters".

Most domestic and global observers said last month's presidential vote was credible, despite well-documented problems.

For instance, in 2000 - Governor Ahmed Sani Yerima introduced sharia law in Zamfara state and some other state governors in the north followed suit, even though the federal government wasn't fully in support of that idea.

The two parties are particularly keen to win in Lagos, the commercial capital that has 15 million to 20 million people and an economy of roughly $80 billion, according to Fitch Ratings Ltd., which makes it bigger than Ghana and similar to Kenya and Ethiopia. Other key battlegrounds are Kaduna, Akwa Ibom, Imo, Kano and Kwara.

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