The Nigerian newspapers review for Monday, February 25, 2019, focus on the political intrigues that have emerged as results trickle in the presidential and National Assembly elections.
The incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari of the APC and his main challenger, Atiku Abubakar of the PDP are reportedly in a tight race as collation of the presidential election continues.
Though the official results are yet to be announced by INEC, polls from some polling units across the country show that Buhari and Atiku are both winning in polling units.
The Punch reports that the PDP has so far won elections in 12 local government areas in Ondo state, while the APC won elections in 6 local government areas.
The newspaper states that in Katsina state where Buhari hails from, the APC has cleared all the three local governments declared so far by INEC.
Meanwhile, Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar have expressed confidence in claiming victory in the presidential election.
Vanguard newspaper reports that Atiku’s aides have claimed that data available to them show that the opposition candidate was headed for victory.
However, the APC presidential campaign council in a statement issued by its spokesman, Festus Keyamo, accused the PDP of preparing to declare fake results as authentic.
The statement further called for the arrest of one of Atiku’s spokespersons, Alhaji Buba Galadima who it claimed had prepared a short video in furtherance of that move.
Still on the elections, The Nation reports that some prominent senators have lost their seats in the Senate as indicated by the results of the National Assembly elections announced by the INEC.
Some of the senators who reportedly lost their seats include, Senate president Bukola Saraki, who reportedly failed to return to the Senate for the third time.
Saraki was reported to have lost to another medical doctor, Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe. Oloriegbe of the APC was said to have polled 123, 828 to beat Saraki of the PDP, who scored 68, 994.
Other Senator who lost seats in the Senate include minority leader, Abiodun Olujimi (Ekiti south) and Senator Rafiu Ibrahim (PDP, Kwara south). Senators Olujimi and Ibrahim were beaten by Prince Dayo Adeyeye and Lola Ashiru (both of the APC).
In another report, the INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, on Sunday, February 24, adjourned the collation of the results of the presidential and National Assembly elections till 11am on Monday, February 25.
The Guardian reports that Yakubu said he was adjourning the exercise because no state collation officer had arrived in Abuja with the results of the presidential election.
This Day reports that the postponement has heightened anxiety over the delay in the release of the results of the elections.
Following the postponement, the PDP and the called on the electoral body to release the presidential elections results without further delay, claiming that their candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, had by their reckoning, won the contest.
But the APC has dismissed the PDP’s claim and cautioned the opposition against throwing the nation into crisis.
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