Elections in Nigeria
Just 2 weeks after the presidential poll, people of Nigeria are going to cast vote to elect state and local representatives. Polling is taking place in 29 of the Nigeria’s 36 states. Some state governors control budgets larger than those of neighboring countries in oil-rich Nigeria, and so these are often intensely contested.
Mr Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) got 15.2 million votes across the country, while Mr Abubakar’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) received 11.3 million. There are 73 million registered voters.
The All Progressives Congress won 19 states, while the PDP secured 16 plus the capital Abuja.
People’s Democratic Party’s Mr Abubakar said the election was not free and also unfair. He has since filed a petition challenging President Buhari’s win.
Although turnout for the presidential election was low across the country, it was higher in the northern states – one factor behind Mr Buhari’s victory.
This is expected to change in Saturday’s election because the seats being contested are closer to the grassroots and their impact is more felt by the ordinary people, says BBC Nigeria Editor Aliyu Tanko.
Fears of possible election-related violence has led to the massive deployment of security personnel across the Nigeria.
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