February 26, 2019 / 6:53 PM / 7 months ago

Nigeria's main opposition candidate demands halt in release of election results

A boy rides a bicycle past a monument decorated with election posters depicting Nigeria's main opposition party presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar with his running mate, Peter Obi, in Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria February 26, 2019. REUTERS/Nyancho NwaNri

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria’s main opposition party on Tuesday demanded an immediate halt to the release of presidential election results by the electoral commission until data on voters who took part was made available to all parties in the race.

President Muhammadu Buhari has taken an unassailable lead in the election, a tally by Reuters based on official and provisional results showed. The results showed that his main rival, businessman and former vice president Atiku Abubakar, could no longer catch up.

Reporting by Paul Carsten and James Macharia; Editing by Alexis Akwagyiram

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