AFRICA/NIGERIA - Awaiting the results of Saturday's poll. Reported intimidation and violence

Monday, 20 March 2023 elections   violence   bishops  

Abuja (Agenzia Fides) - The counting of the local elections of March 18 (see Fides, 18/3/2023) is underway. According to Festus Okoye, spokesman for the Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria, these elections were marked in some States by violence
"Some of our staff have been kidnapped, others harassed, others intimidated, still others hospitalized and in one case killed," Mr Okoye said.
Yesterday, Sunday, March 19, in Borno state in the northeast of the country, Islamic State
members attempted to disrupt the collection of results, but were repelled by security forces who killed in least 40 terrorists, according to local officials.
In Lagos, outgoing Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the APC (All Progressives Congress, the party of outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari and his successor Bola Tinubu, elected on February 25) is in the lead, according to partial results from the electoral commission.
So far, the APC has won gubernatorial elections in Ogun, Kwara, Jigawa, Gombe and Yobe states, while its historical rival, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has won in Oyo and Akwa Ibom states.
Adamawa, in the north-east, could see the election of Nigeria's first female governor, while in the central-eastern state of Benue, APC candidate Hyacinth Iormem Alia, a Catholic priest who was suspended from the celebration of the Eucharist on May 20, 2022 by Bishop William Avenya of Gboko, seems to be in the lead. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 20/3/2023)