Nigerian incumbent president sure of victory in presidential polls

15:38, April 18, 2011      

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Men read newspapers in Yenagoa, the capital of Nigerian incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan's home state of Bayelsa, April 17, 2011. Jonathan took a very strong lead on Sunday as votes were tallied from around the nation. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Incumbent Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to win Nigeria's presidential election held across the country on Saturday going by the official figures released on Sunday night.

According to results so far declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) the presidential candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) trounced his closest rival Gen. Muhammadu Buhari of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) convincingly in 25 states.

Besides, the Nigerian leader secured 25 percent of the total votes cast in about 28 states.

But the simple majority figures of the total votes cast will be announced on Monday morning to determine whether the president has fulfilled all the requirements to win the presidential poll.

Section 134 of the 1999 Constitution states that "A candidate for an election to the Office of the President shall be deemed to have been duly elected where there being more than two candidates for the election (a) he has the highest number of votes cast at the election; and (b) he has not less than one-quarter of the votes cast at the election in each of at least two-thirds of all the states in the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory."

According to the results collated so far, the PDP candidate has won the poll in 16 states in the south and seven in the north.

The states are, Abia, Imo, Oyo, Delta, Enugu, Ekiti, Ebonyi, FCT, Lagos, Anambra, Cross River, Edo, Ogun, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Gombe, Benue, Adamawa, Kogi, Kwara, Taraba, Plateau, Ondo, Kogi, Benue and the FCT.

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