Nigerians to elect highly effective state governors

Nigerians vote in governor elections in 29 states

Results for the state elections are expected to start coming in later on Sunday.

Civil society groups on Saturday said turnout in the governor elections was low across Nigeria, in part due to a large military presence intimidating voters and apathy after the presidential election was delayed by a week.

It said election materials were destroyed and 75 polling units were affected.

His All Progressives Congress (APC) now controls 22 states while the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is in charge in 13. The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has one.

Nigerians went to the polls on Saturday to choose governors in 29 of 36 states in Africa's largest democracy amid reports of heavy military deployment and attacks against electoral facilities in a few areas.

They can also provide a strong collective voice in Abuja.

State-level elections are often predicted to broadly mirror presidential polling and this year come amid concerns about the role of security forces during the vote.

At least 53 people were killed, according to the Situation Room, which said safety fears contributed to a low turnout.

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The Situation Room said last month's poll did not meet the minimum standard for a credible election, although most domestic and worldwide observers disagreed.

Mr Tayo Oviosu Founder/CEO of Paga at the same polling unit said it was surprising that voters did not turn up for the elections. Both that election and Saturday's vote were delayed by a week in a last-minute decision as the electoral commission cited numerous logistical problems in a country of some 190 million people and poor infrastructure.

Accusations from the two main parties, accusing the other of conspiring with INEC to rig the result, have not gone away.

Buhari revealed he had also ordered soldiers to be "ruthless" with vote riggers and anyone attempting to disturb voting would be risking their life. Rivers is typically keenly contested because it is in the Niger Delta region that produces most of Nigeria's crude oil, which accounts for two-thirds of government revenue.

The PDP governor, Nyesom Wike, had accused the military of complicity in the killing of 16 people in the Abonnema area of the state.

"Extremely concerned by reports, including from (British High Commission) observers, of military interference in the election process in Rivers State", it said in a tweet.

The military has beefed up its presence in certain states, such as oil-rich Rivers, and in Benue, the epicenter of clashes in the central part of the country between crop farmers and cattle herders over grazing land that London-based Amnesty International said claimed about 2,000 lives previous year.

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