Former Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on Nigerians to remain peaceful and patient as the country awaits the results of the presidential election.
Kenyatta, who served as the head of the African Union Election Observers Mission (AUEOM), noted that the election was conducted under the cloud of violence in several states.
The AUEOM and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) missions have warned that the violence witnessed in the country could easily escalate into mayhem.
The missions have asked dissatisfied candidates and citizens to consider going to court instead of resorting to street fights.
Despite allegations of a lack of transparency in the new electronic voting system, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, has dismissed accusations of foul play and announced that the electoral process would continue unabated.
As of Tuesday, only a third of the 36 states have officially declared their results, with Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) commanding an early lead.
Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is in second place with 38 percent of the votes counted, while Peter Obi of the Labour Party mounted a strong challenge to the two-party system that has dominated Nigeria since the end of military rule in 1999.