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Nigeria election 2019: Muhammadu Buhari extends lead

February 27, 2019 5:09 am

President Muhammadu Buhari has extended his lead as votes are being counted in Nigeria’s general election, amid allegations of manipulation.

Mr Buhari has won 13 of Nigeria’s 36 states, while his rival Atiku Abubakar has taken 11 states and the capital, Abuja.

As results came in, Mr Abubakar’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) alleged that there have been irregularities.

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Party chair Uche Secondus called the count “incorrect and unacceptable”.

He said there had been an “attempt by the government and other agencies to manipulate the result”, but did not give any evidence.

After the results from 24 states and the capital had been declared, Mr Buhari had a 1.5 million-vote lead, but the results from the states in the south-east, the PDP heartland, had not yet been announced.

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