Nigeria's incoming ruling party APC makes gains in state governorship elections

Nigeria’s President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari casting his vote for the Governorship and House of Assembly election in Daura, Katsina State, on April 11, 2015 (AFP Photo/Sunday Aghaeze)

Nigeria‘s All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday made key gains in regional elections and kept power in the economic capital Lagos, strengthening its position nationwide after a historic win in the presidential vote last month.

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had controlled the presidency and a majority of Nigeria’s 36 state governments since the end of military rule in 1999.

But the APC will take charge nationally when president-elect Muhammadu Buhari is sworn in on May 29, in the first-ever democratic change of power in Africa’s most populous country and its top economy.

Official results from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said the APC had claimed the governor’s seat in Kaduna and Katsina, two northern states held by the PDP since democracy was restored.

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