Happening now: Tinubu in strong lead as INEC ends collation of results in 2023 presidential election, reveals next move

Former governor of Lagos state Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu may be declared winner of Saturday February 25, 2023 presidential election after leading other candidates with 8,805,655 votes at the end collation of results from the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Tinubu, is the candidate of the ruling party All Progressives Congress (APC) and is ahead with about 1.8 million votes.

Atiku who is at second position, polled 6,984,290 votes while Labour Party candidate, Peter Obi, is placed third with 6,093,962 votes.

Incidentally, the trio won in 12 states each.

According to Nigeria’s electoral law, candidate needs to have the most votes nationwide and at least a quarter of ballots cast in 25 of the 36 states, plus Abuja, to be declared the winner.

If those thresholds are not reached then there will a second round run-off between the top two candidates.

So far, Mr Tinubu has passed that threshold.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) led by Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu who is also the National Collation Officer had announced a short break around 1.30am on Wednesday.

He said upon return, the Commission will conclude the entire process and announce winner of the election.

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