Counting begins in Nigeria governorship, assembly elections

Collation and counting of votes began in Nigeria on Saturday after elections for influential state governors and local assemblies, AFP reporters said.

Some polling stations closed in the southwestern city of Lagos and southern oil hub of Port Harcourt, with full results expected to be announced from Sunday.

A total of 29 of Nigeria’s 36 states are choosing new governors, who wield enormous power locally, while all states are voting for new assembly positions.

Independent National Electoral Commission officers begin counting votes at a polling station in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, on April 11, 2015

Independent National Electoral Commission officers begin counting votes at a polling station in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, on April 11, 2015 ©Florian Plaucheur (AFP)

The main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) is hoping to increase its share of states from 14 currently at the expense of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which has 21.

APC candidate Muhammadu Buhari defeated President Goodluck Jonathan in the presidential race two weeks ago — the first time the opposition has won in Nigeria’s history.

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