Electoral commission results from the states showed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress party (APC) was ahead with about 36 per cent or 7 million of valid votes counted, with Atiku Abubakar of the main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) trailing close behind with 30 per cent or nearly 6 million valid votes.
Peter Obi of the smaller Labour Party got 20 per cent or about 3.8 million votes. More results were expected to show the winner later on Tuesday.
The preliminary results were announced in the states by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officers and will still have to be presented at the commission’s national collation centre in the federal capital Abuja.
But opposition parties have rejected the results as the product of a flawed process, which suffered multiple technical difficulties owing to the introduction of new technology by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).