Nigerians yesterday participated in the 2019 Gubernatorial and State House of Assembly Elections, which was conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission across the country.
Fears of possible election-related violence led to a massive deployment of security personnel across the country, and on Friday the army said it would ensure that people could vote in a non-violent environment.
While calling on the worldwide community to keep an eye on the situation, the PDP added, "The use of soldiers to ambush the electoral process and confiscate results is an extreme scheme by the APC and the Buhari Presidency to enmesh the Rivers state governorship election in controversy, seeing that there is no way they can take away victory from the PDP".
Vote counting began after polls closed on Saturday in keenly fought governorship and state assembly elections in Nigeria, held against a backdrop of political tensions and insecurity.
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But the USA congratulated Buhari on his 56 percent to 41 percent victory over the PDP's Atiku Abubakar, and the United Kingdom government said "the Nigerian people can have confidence in the result".
One domestic election observer, YIAGA Africa, late Saturday asserted that military officers had barred accredited observers and party agents from at least nine vote compilation centres in the southern states of Rivers and Akwa Ibom and bandit-plagued northwestern Zamfara state.
State governors are usually hotly contested seats being among the nation's most powerful political offices, with some running budgets larger than those of smaller African nations.
The Situation Room reported seven deaths, five in Rivers state. "But no one was injured", civil servant Elizabeth Ukah said of the polling station in the Gwar East local government area of Benue state. "All the electoral materials for the area have been destroyed".
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In Ebonyi state, community youth leader Chuma Edeh confirmed that a registration area center was burned by suspected thugs.
Election observers also noted scattered reports of thuggery or suspected underage voters.
Mr Ngerem said with 5G technology on ground and the remarkable transformation achieved by the bank verification number, Nigeria has a great opportunity to take advantage of digital tech to increase voter participation.
"Abuja residents are not as interested in the local council elections as compared to the presidential polls, but the outcome of the last polls led to today's turnout", Suleiman said.
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The AP witnessed vote-buying in Delta state in the south, with votes going for as little as 1,000 naira ($2.80).