Nigeria’s ruling party on Tuesday began celebrating a re-election for Muhammadu Buhari as president, even before the final results were announced.
Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) began gathering at party headquarters in Abuja, where they sang “We’re popping champagne” before final declarations.
On Twitter, presidential aide Bashir Ahmad posted a photograph of Buhari with the caption: “President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (2015-2019 and 2019-2023) #NigeriaDecides.”
Other party workers invited colleagues to bars to mark the occasion.
Buhari, 76, has led since the first results were declared Monday, stretching his lead over his nearest challenger, Atiku Abubakar, to more than three million vote
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) February 26, 2019
The celebrations began with four solid APC northern states where Buhari has huge support left to declare, making it unlikely that Abubakar could make up the difference.
There was no official concession from Abubakar, whose Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) earlier Tuesday called on the electoral commission to halt the count, citing irregularities.
Final results released by the Nigerian electoral commission (Inec) show Mr Buhari was re-elected with a margin of just under four million votes.
The commission will make a formal declaration on Wednesday.
Turnout was just below 35% of registered voters.