Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

As anxiety continues around Nigeria over the outcome of the presidential election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday, February 23, the electoral umpire is fully prepared for the results. 

The chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the spokesperson of the APC presidential campaign council, Festus Keyamo, and the comptroller-general of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) reportedly arrived the collation centre minutes ago for the commencement of the announcement of results. 

The election was peaceful across the nation except in Bayelsa, Rivers, Lagos and pocket of other areas where violence marred the exercise with some Nigerians killed and some others arrested for electoral offences which included burning of electoral materials. Shortly after conveying at the national collation centre, INEC chairman Yakubu declared collation centre open and set ground rule for all parties and interested individuals present. 

Afterwards, key commission officers present at the high table were all introduced. Party members agents also introduced themselves. The Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali introduced himself as the agent for the APC. 

Shortly after the introductions, INEC chairman Yakubu adjourned collation to Monday, February 25. Mahmood said: "During the course of the proceedings there may be interludes and adjournments. 
This is to hereby announce the adjournment of this proceedings to 11 am on Monday, February 25. Thank you and God bless." Collation commences at 11am today, Monday, February 25. Follow our live updates here as we bring to you accurate official results from the national collation centre. 

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11:30 AM Collation about to start as INEC chairman speaks The collation centre is filled up. The INEC chairman and other INEC principal staff members are present. Mahmood announces the opening of the collation of results for Monday, February 25. 


The INEC chairman already speaking, displaying and explaining all the necessary forms/papers used by the electoral body. 


11:40 AM INEC chairman makes a presentation of the collation result sheets Mahmood makes a presentation of the collation result sheets in alphabetical order starting with Abia state. 

12:30 PM RESULTS COLLATION: Osun state Next state, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, the vice chancellor of the University of Lagos, introduces himself as the collation officer for Osun state.

RESULTS: 

ANN - 268 
ANP - 67 
ANRP - 155
APA - 1897 
APC - 347,634 
GDPN - 1,081 
RAP - 49 
MPN - 53 
KP - 46 
PT - 89 
PDP - 337,377 
UPN - 45 
WTPN - 19 
YPP - 189 
Total valid votes - 714,682 
Rejected votes - 17,200 
Total votes cast - 732,882

NOTE: The result, according to the collation officer, was signed by 20 party agents. The electoral officer said 12,082 were cancelled after reconciliation due to cases of over voting from some local government areas. 


12:46 PM How APC and PDP stand after two states announced 

APC - 566,865 
PDP - 491,409 
12:57 PM RESULTS COLLATION: Ekiti state Live updates: INEC begins official declaration of presidential election results Source: UGC The Ekiti state collation officer, Professor Olayinka Idowu, has started announcing the results of the presidential election in Ekiti state. 

RESULTS 

APC - 219,231 
APGA - 39 
PDP - 154,032 
PPA - 253 
PPC - 126 
PPN - 49 
PT - 20 
RAP - 14 
RBNP - 11 
RP - 6 
SDP - 48 
SNC - 339 
SNP - 37 
UDP - 17 
UP - 11 
UPN - 20 
WTPN - 10 
YES - 11 
YPP - 68 
Total valid votes for 16 local government areas in Ekiti - 381,132 
Rejected votes - 12,577 votes 
Total votes cast - 393,709 

NOTE: Idowu said the result was as collated by himself and signed by two party agents. After the announcement, the collation officer handed over Ekiti presidential result sheets to the INEC chairman. 


13:00 PM Collation adjourned, resumes 2.30pm 

The INEC chairman said the next states will take up to one hour to present. "Ladies and gentlemen, I have just been informed by the collation secretariat that the next states will take up to one hour. Can we adjourn and reconvene?," he asked. The audience chorused: "Yes." "Okay, we adjourn and reconvene at 2.30 pm," the INEC boss said. 

14:41 PM RESULTS COLLATION: FCT INEC chairman, Mahmood reconvenes collation of the presidential election results. Mohammed Sali Suleiman, VC for Nasarawa State University set to present results from FCT. 

A - 69 
AA - 51 
AAC - 583 
ACPN - 48 
ADP - 145 
ANP - 82 
ANRP - 205 
APC - 152,224 
APGA - 255 
BNPP - 19 
CAP - 36 
DPP - 284 
FRESH - 76 
GDPN - 501 
GPN - 75 
JMPP - 70 
MAJA - 32 
MMN - 165 
NCMP - 19 
NIP - 30 
NPC - 127 
NRM - 49 
NUP - 123 
PCP - 2921 
PDP - 259,997 
UDP - 19 
UPN - 12 
WTPN - 6 
YES - 26 
YPP - 1,083 


The total number of valid votes in FCT - 423,951 
Rejected votes - 27,457 
Total votes cast - 451,408 

NOTE: The collation officer reported that he has only one polling unit in Kuje where election did not hold on Saturday, February 23. He, however, said that the election later took place on Sunday, February 24, and that the result for the unit is contained in the announced result. He also stated that there was a total of 1,335,015 registered voters; 

467,784 accredited voters. 

Live updates: INEC begins official declaration of presidential election results Source: UGC Live updates: 


15:12 PM RESULTS COLLATION: Kwara state The INEC chairman called on the vice chancellor of Federal university of Technology Minna, Abdullahi Bala for Kwara state's presidential election results 

ACD - 151 
ADP - 203 
AGAP - 34 
ANN - 422 
APC - 308,984 
AUN - 19 
BNPP - 17 
CAP - 15 
CNP - 18 
DPC - 88 
DPP - 176
FRESH - 107 
HDP - 52 
JMPP - 46 
LM - 20 
LP - 56 
MAJA - 68 
MMN - 411 
NDCP - 16 
NPC - 172 
NUP - 205 
PCP - 2,108 
PDP - 138,184 
PPA - 531 
RP - 39 
SDP - 212 
SNC - 1,165 
UPN - 21 
WTPN - 10 
YES - 12 

Total valid votes: 459,676 

Rejected votes: 26,578 
Total votes cast: 486,254 

"We had cancellation of result at four polling units," the collation officer noted. The total number of cancelled votes from the four polling units is 3,342 votes. 


Live updates: INEC begins official declaration of presidential election results Source: UGC Live updates: 


RESULTS COLLATION: Nasarawa state 

The INEC chairman announced that the next state for collation is Nasarawa state A party agent raised an observation that there is a wide margin in FCT number accredited voters and number of votes, rejected and cancelled. 
According to the party agent, the excesses should be seen either in valid, rejected or cancelled as accreditation and voting were done simultaneously. 

The INEC chairman agreed that this would be looked into. Professor Mahmood for called on Professor Azubuike Sunny Nwankwo, the Academic Provost of Nigerian Defence Academy who is the collation officer for Nasarawa state. 


Total number of local government areas in Nasarawa state: 13 

Total number of registered voters - 1,509,481 
Total number of accredited voters - 613,720 

AAC - 75 

AGAP - 49 
ANDP - 12 
ANN - 45 
ANP - 10 
ANRP - 37 
APA - 338 
APC - 289,903 
APP - 20 
CNP - 9 
DA - 17 
DPC - 28 
DPP - 133 
FRESH - 16 
HDP - 3 
ID - 13 
JMPP - 9 
LP - 67 
MAJA - 7 
MMN - 128 
NCP - 47 
NDLP - 2 
PCP - 1,868 
PDP - 283,847 
PT - 19 
RAP - 17 
RP - 8 
SDP - 359 
UDP - 9 
UP - 2 
UPN - 8 
YES - 1 
YPP - 44 

Total valid votes - 580,778 

Rejected votes - 18,621 
Total votes cast - 599,399 

NOTE: "There were seven LGA with problems in 86 polling units," the collation officer said. 


Live updates: INEC begins official declaration of presidential election results Source: UGC  


A short of the summary of 86 polling units from seven local government areas with cancelled results in Nasarawa state: 


16:15 PM INEC chairman announces a short break 


The INEC chairman announced a 30-minute break for the collation secretariat to get Ondo and Kogi states result ready. "Gentlemen and ladies we will reconvene at 5pm," he said. 


17:36 PM INEC resumes INEC resumes announcement of results. 

17:37 PM RESULTS COLLATION: ONDO STATE 
Mahmood calls on Ondo collation officer. Ondo with 18 Local government areas had 
1,812,567 registered voters 
A - 45 
AAC 4414 
AAP 564 
ADC - 6,296 
ACPN 414 
ADC 6206 
ADP 1005 
ANDP 101 
ANP 100 
ANRP 124 
APA 717 
APC 241,769 
APDA 588 
APGA 90 
BNPP 290 

Confusion at national collation centre as the collation officer for Ondo mixes up number of votes gathered by two political parties - CAP and CC. 


Following series of mix up of the number of votes, the national chairman asks that the collation officer and his colleague step aside to reconcile their results. 

Mahmood Yakubu asks the REC and collation officer to go and reconcile the figures and be re-invited. 

17:55 PM RESULTS COLLATION: KOGI STATE 

Mahmood Yakubu further called on the secretariat to make provision for ruler and light. However, the collation officer was later asked to step down to reconcile his result after he continued with the mistake. 
Immediately He stepped down, vice chancellor of the University of Abuja, Professor Michael Umale Adikwu, was called to present the collated results from Kogi state. 
Adikwu announced that Kogi with a total of 21 LGAs had 
1,640,449 registered voters and 570,773 accredited voters 
A 328 
AA 83 
AAC 250 
AAP 134 
APP 64 
ACPN 204 
ADC 4369 
ADP 499 
AGA 68 
ANN 89
APC 285,894 
APDA 480 
DDP 250 
FRESH 59 
FJP 47 
LP 68 
JMPP: 33 
MAJA: 40 
MMN: 311
NCP 32 
PDP: 218,207 
PPA 436 
SDP 2,226 
YES 17 

Total valid votes: 521,016 

Rejected votes 32480 
Total votes cast 553,496 

Osita Chidoka, the agent of the PDP, raises some observations concerning violence in Kogi state. He also said a list of areas where the card reader did not work had been forwarded. 


18:21 PM RESULTS COLLATION: GOMBE STATE 

Gombe collation officer comes on the stage. He is the vice chancellor of Moddibo Adama University of Technology. He announces that the total number of registered voters is 1,385,191. 
Total number of accredited voters - 604,240 
A 73 AA 52 AAP 157 ACPN 732 ADC 248 ADP 135 ANN 78 ANP 59 ANRP 116 APA 925 APC 402,961 
APM 54 
FRESH 145 
FJP 168 
GDPN 1392 
LP 41 
NCP 69 
NUP 166 
PCP: 1,679 
PDP: 138,484 
PPA: 407 
PPN: 125 
SDP 248 

Total valid votes: 554,203 

Total votes cast: 580,649 
Total number of rejected votes: 26,446. 

He said there were problems in 13 polling units because of difficulty in distributing materials to these units. He also said that this difficulty led to total cancellation of 7,090 votes in the Gombe state. 


18:37 PM COLLATION OF RESULTS: INEC CHAIRMAN ADJOURNS AGAIN 


After the presentation from Gombe state, the INEC chairman grants Ondo collation officer 20 minutes to continue with reconciliation of the state's result. He further adjourned the collation exercise to 8pm. 


20:17 PM INEC resumes 

Kayode Shoremekun, the collation officer for the controversial Ondo is re-invited as proceedings and collation of the 2019 presidential election result resumes. 

Total number of registered voters: 1,812,567 

Total number of accredited voters: 598,586

 A 507 

AA 4,349 
AAC 4,414 
ACPN 414 
ADC 6296 
ADP 1005 
AGA 94 
ANDP: 101 
ANN: 311 
APC 241,769 
APDA 588 
BNPP: 290 
CAP: 51 
CC: 135 

Finally, the returning officer for Ondo state crosses the spot where he got stuck in his previous presentation. 

He also receives an applause from the audience 
GDPN: 525 
JMPP: 44 
LM: 51 
LP: 1,437 
MAJA: 74 
MMN: 465 
MPN: 128 
NCP 133 
PCP: 4,829 
PDP: 275,901 
PPA: 588 
PT: 116 
SDP: 1,618 
UDP: 96 

Total valid votes : 555,994 

Total number of rejected votes: 30,883 
Total votes cast: 586,827 

20:43 PM RESULTS COLLATION: ABIA STATE 


Abia returning officer, Chinedum, the Vice chancellor of Alex Ekwueme University begin me his presentation. 


Total number of registered voters: 1,793,861. 

Total number of accredited voters: 361,561 
AAC 212 
AAP 251 
ANP 68 
ANRP 61 
APA 501 
APC 85,058 
APDA 565 
APGA 9638 
FRESH 47 
BNPP: 23 
CC: 18 
DA: 40
LP: 92 
MAJA: 15 
MMN: 85 
NIP: 25 
NPC 180 
PCP: 1,489 
PDP: 219,698 
PPA: 195 
SDP: 472 
WTPN: 1 
YES: 13 

Total number of valid votes: 323,291 

The collation officer said results from 59825 were affected by cancellation of results in 98 polling units. 

20:57 PM RESULTS COLLATION: YOBE STATE 

Yobe returning officer, Professor Abubakar Musa, the vice chancellor of Federal University Wukari Taraba state, takes the stage. 

A 102

AA 41 
AAC 137 
AAP 147 
ADP 107 
APA 1023 
APC 497,914 
APP 63 
FRESH 213 
GPN: 84 
JMPP: 30 
LP : 28 
NPC: 311 
PCP: 2,107 
PDP: 50,763 
SDP 180 

Total number of valid votes: 559,365 

Total number of votes cast: 586,137 

21:12 PM RESULTS COLLATION: SITTING ADJOURNED AGAIN 


INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, has announced a 40-minute break again. He says the sitting would resume by 10pm for the announcement of the results from Enugu and Ebonyi.


  23:18 PM INEC RESUMES ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESULT ONE HOUR LATER


INEC chairman, Yakubu Mahmood walks in at 11.17 pm - an hour 17 minutes later than the scheduled time
23:20 PM RESULTS COLLATION: ENUGU
Joseph Ahanekwu, the vice chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, introduces himself as the collation officer for Enugu state.
Total number of LGAs: 17
Total number of registered voters: 1,935,168
456745
A 45
AA 31
AAP 109
ACPN 80
ADC 348
ADP 137
AGAP: 79
ANDP: 27
ANN: 141
ANP: 24
ANRP: 14
APA: 422
APC: 54,423
DPP: 360
FRESH: 63
LP: 27
MAJA: 22
MMN: 48
PCP: 2,337
PDP: 355,553
PPA: 373

SDP: 130 

UDP: 43 


UPN: 22 


WTPN: 10 


YES: 11 


Total number of valid votes: 421,014 

Total number of rejected votes: 30,049 
Total number of votes cast: 451,063 
Total number of cancelled votes : 2,910 from four polling units. 

23:37 PM COMPLAINT FROM PARTY AGENT 


Noah Abiodun of the PPA, says there are voters not accounted for in all the states. He says in Abia, 17,090 not accounted. He also notes that in Nasarawa, over 14,000 voters remain unaccounted for.He argues that the voters not accounted for could have made a great difference. INEC chairman says this would be looked into before the process is concluded. 


0:23 AM RESULTS COLLATION: EBONYI 
Professor Francis Eze, vice chancellor of Federal University of Technology Owerri, introduces himself as the collation officer for Ebonyi state. 
Total number of registered voters: 1,392,931 
Total number of accredited voters: 391,747 
A 23 
AA 27 
AAC 205 
ACPN 57 
ADC 213 
ADP 102 
ANN: 683 
ANRP: 47 
APA: 290 
APC: 90,726 
APGA 222 
AUN: 17 
CNB: 35 
DA: 35 
DPP: 175 
FRESH: 54 
LM: 28 
LP: 96 
MAJA: 42 
NCP 55 
PCP: 1,637 
PDP: 258,573 
SDP: 452 
WTPN: 16 
YES: 24 
Total number of valid votes: 359,131 
Total number of rejected voters: 20,263 
Total votes cast 379,394 
Total number of votes cast: 379,394 

Professor Eze said there were cancellation of votes in some polling units in Ebonyi due to over voting because these units failed to use the smart card readers. He said a total 62 polling units were affected and 54,668 votes were cancelled. 

0:45 AM INEC CHAIRMAN ADJOURNS 
The chairman of INEC adjourns collation to 10am on Tuesday, February 26 after he was told the results for Plateau state would take some more minutes to be ready. The collation will begin with Plateau state result and probably all the remaining states, Mahmood said 

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