Incumbent Goodluck Jonathan may be formally declared the winner of Nigeria’s presidential election after winning almost twice as many votes as his closest rival, while opposition protests spread in six northern cities.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan , who is leading in the vote count in Nigeria’s presidential elections, is also close to meeting the constitutional requirement of winning a quarter of the votes in two-thirds of 36 states, which would give him victory in Africa’s top oil-producing nation.
President Goodluck Jonathan extended his lead in Nigeria’s presidential vote with about half the results released, having 9.5 million votes compared with 5.3 million for his closest rival, Muhammadu Buhari .
Nigeria has arrested more than 130 people for election-related offenses and at least 25 people have been killed in violence linked to last week’s legislative vote, election commission Chairman Attahiru Jega said.
Nigeria’s ruling People’s Democratic Party was leading in the election for the Senate and the House of Representatives, while suffering losses compared with the 2007 vote, according to the electoral commission.
Nigeria’s official exchange rate will remain within the band of 3 percent above or below 150 naira per dollar even as foreign-currency demand grows amid elections, central bank Governor Lamido Sanusi said.