Nigeria: Governorship Elections Postponed in 2 States

Paul Ohia/Abuja
Nigeria: Governorship Elections Postponed in 2 States
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Governorship elections have been postponed in two Muslim dominated Nigerian states affected by deadly riots and retaliatory violence after Christian President Goodluck Jonathan won the polls.

The Chairman of the country's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega today deferred elections in northern states of Bauchi and Kaduna from April 26 to April 28 just after Jonathan made an announcement that polls would go ahead in spite of the uprisings.

Johnson defeated General Muhammadu Buhari, a Muslim after a presidential election held last Saturday.

At least 200 people were killed and thousands displaced in post-election the oil rich African country, a civil rights group Civil Rights Congress (CRC) said, as the loosing candidate alleged rigging.

Buhari also vowed in a statement seen by PTI to recover "a stolen mandate" a declaration interpreted by analysts to mean that the former military dictator may be going to court to challenge the outcome of the election.

Meanwhile a joint statement by the Heads of Missions of the European Union (EU) and the United States of America (USA) Thursday condemned the violence surrounding the election period.

"Looking ahead to the remaining elections, we call for an end to all acts of violence, and for all of Nigeria's leaders to act responsibly…We underline that the lives and livelihoods of Nigeria's people must be respected, and that those responsible for violence must face due process and be brought to justice," the statement made available to PTI said.

People protesting the victory of Jonathan burnt homes, churches and police stations. Anti-riot policemen and the military were deployed in the streets following rioting.

Riots broke out in the north after Jonathan, a Christian from the south was declared winner on Monday of a landmark vote that exposed regional tensions and led to the deadly rioting.

Jonathan secured 59 per cent of the vote and easily beat his northern rival, ex-military ruler Buhari, who had only 32 per cent.

Many people were killed with many wounded in the rioting which affected the states of Kaduna, Bauchi, Yobe, Niger, Borno, Jigawa, and Nasarawa.

An estimated 25,000 have been displaced and some 375 wounded, according to the Red Cross. 24-hours curfew was imposed in Kaduna and Kano while limited restrictions of movement were enforced in the remaining states.
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