PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, jumped into the lead, yesterday, and may be declared winner of the February 23 presidential polls, going by results so far released from the states by the various returning officers.
With results from 33 states of the country and the FCT, Abuja, President Buhari has 14,322,804 votes while Atiku has 10,201,980 votes as tallied by Vanguard.
The results include 29 states released at INEC National Collation Centre, Abuja, INEC Twitter handle (@inecnigeria) and returning officers across the states.
At press time, results for Kebbi, Cross River and Akwa Ibom states had not been announced on any platform. According to the results, Buhari won in 18 states while Atiku won in 16 states.
Buhari also won in four zones, South-West, North-Central, North-West and North-East where Atiku hails from.
On the other hand, Atiku had the upper hand in the South-East and South-South geo-political zones .
The states won by Buhari are Lagos, Ekiti, Osun, Ogun, Kwara, Kogi, Niger, Yobe, Bauchi, Katsina, Kaduna, Kano, Jigawa, Zamfara, Sokoto, Borno, Nasarawa and Gombe. Atiku’s states States that fell for the PDP candidate are Oyo, Ondo, Enugu, Anambra, Imo, Ebonyi, FCT, Plateau, Benue, Adamawa, Taraba, Edo, Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta, and Abia.