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Counting starts in Nigeria's delayed poll marked by violence

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Women and men queue separately as they wait to cast their votes at a polling station on the outskirts of Kano, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

DAURA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria began counting votes in a presidential election on Saturday marked by an extremist attack and other killings, late-opening polling stations and a surprise loss for top challenger Atiku Abubakar in his hometown.

Voting in Africa's largest democracy took place a week after a painful election delay. Final results are expected on Tuesday. Observers and security forces gave scattered reports of torched ballot boxes, soldiers firing on suspected vote-snatchers and people illegally selling their votes for as little as 500 naira ($1.38).

President Muhammadu Buhari, who seeks a second term after largely failing to deliver on fighting insecurity and corruption, was first in line at his polling station in his northern hometown of Daura. After cheekily peering at his wife's ballot, he told reporters he was ready to congratulate himself on victory. He refused to say whether he would accept a loss.

Billionaire former vice president Abubakar, who had told reporters that "I look forward to a successful transition," was embarrassed by his 186-167 loss to the president at his polling station under a tree in Yola. A large crowd of Buhari supporters exploded in cheers at the news.

Observers had said the election was too close to call.

Election day began with multiple blasts in Maiduguri, the capital of northeastern Borno state. Security forces at first denied an attack but eventually acknowledged that extremists had "attempted to infiltrate" the city by launching artillery fire. One soldier was killed and four were wounded, a security official said, insisting on anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

The attacks, claimed by the Islamic State West Africa Province, frightened some voters away from the polls. "I feared for my life," resident Haruna Isa said. He stayed home and wished the candidates luck.

Asmau Hassan said she lost her voting card in the chaos after one explosion struck her displacement camp. She wanted to vote for Buhari but said "I have just turned into an onlooker now." Authorities confirmed another attack on a military base in Geidam in northeastern Yobe state, saying it prevented the governor from voting.

In Rivers state in Nigeria's restive south, the army said it killed six people it described as "political hoodlums" after troops were ambushed at a road barricade in Abonnema. Spokesman Sagir Musa said a lieutenant also was killed in the shootout.

Several other election-related deaths were reported. Police in Rivers state said a former aide to the governor was shot dead along with his brother. The Nation newspaper reported three people killed in Lagos, Africa's largest city, when thugs attacked a polling booth and burned ballot boxes.

A coalition of civic groups said multiple polling units had not opened more than four hours after the official start. Delays were reported in parts of the south and in the north-central state of Nasarawa as well as in Lagos.

Many of Nigeria's more than 72 million people eligible to vote pressed on, some walking for hours along roads deserted by traffic restrictions. Raphael Dele in Yola said he walked over 10 kilometers (6 miles) to his polling station "because there is no room for excuses."

Many Nigerians, appalled that their country recently became the world leader in the number of people living in extreme poverty, said the election will be decided by economic issues. Nigeria suffered a rare, months-long recession under Buhari when global oil prices crashed, with unemployment growing significantly to 23 percent and inflation in the double digits.

Some on Saturday noted a lower turnout than four years ago, when many Nigerians hoped that Buhari, a former military dictator, would tame multiple security crises.

"Really this time, there were not many people from what I observed," said Habiba Bello, a political party agent who attended vote-counting in Kano, Nigeria's second-largest city. A nearby station showed just 102 voters out of the nearly 400 expected.

In the dusty schoolyard, party agents recited aloud in unison as polling officials held ballot papers aloft one by one. "I'm feeling fine now!" declared Nura Abba, there for the ruling party.

An electoral commission presiding officer, Kabiru al-Haji Musa, showed another station's presidential results, scrawled in ballpoint pen. Buhari received 88 votes. Abubakar had eight.

Elsewhere, votes were counted by the light of mobile phones after sundown. The ruling party warned of possible violence "in the wee hours" as ballots were compiled in poorly defended locations such as schools.

Observers said the delay of the election from last week, blamed on logistical challenges, could favor Buhari, with some Nigerians saying they didn't have the resources to travel a second time to their place of registration.

Some also warned the delay could hurt the election's credibility.

"Unless Atiku is declared the winner, many will still believe that (the electoral commission) colluded with the government to rig him out," said Jideofor Adibe, associate professor of political science at Nasarawa State University.

Some voters, however, dismissed concerns about having to wait.

"This election means so much to me. It means the future of Nigeria. The future of my children unborn. And the future of my entire family," voter Blessing Chemfas said.

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Muhumuza reported from Yola, Nigeria. Abdulrahim reported from Maiduguri, Nigeria. Associated Press writers Cara Anna in Kano, Nigeria, Sam Olukoya in Lagos, Nigeria, Hilary Uguru in Oleh, Nigeria, and photographer Jerome Delay in Kaduna, Nigeria contributed.

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Women queue in line to cast their votes in the village of Tumfafi, near Kano, in northern Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari gestures to supporters after casting his vote in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Women line up to cast their vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
A baby sleeps on his mother's back as women queue in line to cast their votes in the village of Tumfafi, near Kano, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigerian voters wait for the scheduled opening of the polling stations in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakarin in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerian election officials perform final checks after votes were counted in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerian election officials use their cellphone lights to count ballots in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Two Nigerian men check their phones as votes are being counted in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
A Nigerian security officer checks his phone as votes are being counted in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerian election volunteers and police wait for votes to finish being counted in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Opposition's presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, left, and his wife Titi Abubakar, right, cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election.  (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
A voter points to the record for President Muhammadu Buhari on a voter registration list, before polls open in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigerian election observers watch votes being counted in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Women queue in line to cast their votes at a polling station on the outskirts of Kano, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari casts his vote, accompanied by his wife Aisha, in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Nigerian election officials display ballots to the public as people line up to cast their vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakarin in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerian police arrives at a polling station in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakarin in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerian election officials display ballots to the public as people line up to cast their vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Electoral commission officials start counting the ballots for the presidential race after the Katsina road polling stating closed in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Electoral commission officials start counting the ballots for the presidential race after the Gwadabawa polling station closed in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
A woman voter verifies her voter registration before casting her vote at a polling station in Kano, northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Electoral commission officials start counting the ballots for the presidential race after the Gwadabawa polling station closed in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
People peer through a window as party agents huddle together to watch votes being counted inside a polling station in Kano, northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians went to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Electoral officials count ballots in front of party agents and observers at a polling station in Kano, northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians went to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Electoral officials count ballots in front of party agents and observers at a polling station in Kano, northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians went to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Electoral commission officials start counting the ballots for the presidential race after the Gwadabawa polling station closed in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
People peer through windows as party agents inside huddle together to watch votes being counted inside a polling station in Kano, northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians went to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Electoral commission officials start counting the ballots for the presidential race after the Gwadabawa polling station closed in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Party agents argue with electoral commission officials on a ballots the claim it was valid for the presidential race after the Gwadabawa polling station closed in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Women prepare to cast ballots during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar waits to cast his vote during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election.  (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Opposition Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, center, before casting his vote at the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Leading opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, gestures as he waits to cast his vote during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Leading opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar casts his vote during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Voters line up to cast their votes during Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Supporters cheer as President Muhammadu Buhari leaves in his car after casting his vote in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
A woman displays her voters card before casting her votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.  Nigerians have waited impatiently for this election, after it was delayed because of logistical
Nigerian women vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakarin in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerians line up to vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. The election is widely seen as a tight race between President Muhammadu Buhari and his main rival, former vice president Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerians line up to vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. The election is widely seen as a tight race between President Muhammadu Buhari and his main rival, former vice president Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerians line up to vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. The election is widely seen as a tight race between President Muhammadu Buhari and his main rival, former vice president Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerians line up to vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. The election is widely seen as a tight race between President Muhammadu Buhari and his main rival, former vice president Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerians line up to vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. The election is widely seen as a tight race between President Muhammadu Buhari and his main rival, former vice president Atiku Abubakar.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Voters cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians have waited impatiently for this election, after it was delayed because of logistical
A woman thumbprints the ballot paper before casting her vote during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians have waited impatiently for this election, after it was delayed because of logistical
A woman cast her votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians have waited impatiently for this election, after it was delayed because of logistical
Voters wait to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari leaves after casting his vote in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigerian women vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakarin in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerians vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakarin in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari speaks to the media after casting his vote in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari casts his vote, accompanied by his wife Aisha, right, in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Women line up to cast their vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari jokingly looks across at the ballot paper of his wife Aisha, left, to see who she has voted for, before casting his vote in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari arrives to cast his vote in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari prepares to cast his vote in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Nigerian men line up to cast their vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
A woman prepares to cast her votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
A woman makes thumps print on her ballot before casting her votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Nigerian voters wait for the scheduled opening of the polling stations in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakarin in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Voters line up to cast their votes during Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Electoral officials carry ballot boxes before the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Nigerian electoral officials distribute the voting material before the scheduled opening of the polling stations in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakarin in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerian electoral officials and voters wait for the scheduled opening of the polling stations in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakarin in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari gestures to supporters after casting his vote in his hometown of Daura, northern Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Voters look for their names on voter registration lists before polls open in Daura, the hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari casts his vote, accompanied by his wife Aisha, in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
A woman casts her votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Women line up to cast their vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Electoral commission officials start counting the ballots for the presidential race after the Katsina road polling stating closed in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Electoral commission officials start counting the ballots for the presidential race after the Gwadabawa polling station closed in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Electoral commission officials start counting the ballots for the presidential race after the Gwadabawa polling station closed in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
A woman voter verifies her voter registration before casting her vote at a polling station in Kano, northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigerian election observers watch votes being counted in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerian election observers watch votes being counted in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Voters look for their names on voter registration lists before polls open in Daura, the hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Voters look for their names on voter registration lists before polls open in Daura, the hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigerians line up to vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. The election is widely seen as a tight race between President Muhammadu Buhari and his main rival, former vice president Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerians line up to vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. The election is widely seen as a tight race between President Muhammadu Buhari and his main rival, former vice president Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Leading opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar casts his vote during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Leading opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar casts his vote during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Party agents argue with electoral commission officials on a ballots the claim it was valid for the presidential race after the Gwadabawa polling station closed in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Party agents argue with electoral commission officials on a ballots the claim it was valid for the presidential race after the Gwadabawa polling station closed in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Voters line up to cast their votes during Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Voters line up to cast their votes during Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Nigerians line up to vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. The election is widely seen as a tight race between President Muhammadu Buhari and his main rival, former vice president Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerians line up to vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. The election is widely seen as a tight race between President Muhammadu Buhari and his main rival, former vice president Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari leaves after casting his vote in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari leaves after casting his vote in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Electoral commission officials start counting the ballots for the presidential race after the Gwadabawa polling station closed in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Electoral commission officials start counting the ballots for the presidential race after the Gwadabawa polling station closed in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Nigerian women vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakarin in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerian women vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakarin in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Nigerians line up to vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. The election is widely seen as a tight race between President Muhammadu Buhari and his main rival, former vice president Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerians line up to vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. The election is widely seen as a tight race between President Muhammadu Buhari and his main rival, former vice president Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Nigerian police arrives at a polling station in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakarin in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerian police arrives at a polling station in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakarin in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Women queue in line to cast their votes in the village of Tumfafi, near Kano, in northern Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Women queue in line to cast their votes in the village of Tumfafi, near Kano, in northern Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigerian women vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakarin in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerian women vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakarin in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Opposition's presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, left, and his wife Titi Abubakar, right, cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election.  (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Opposition's presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, left, and his wife Titi Abubakar, right, cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
A woman thumbprints the ballot paper before casting her vote during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians have waited impatiently for this election, after it was delayed because of logistical
A woman thumbprints the ballot paper before casting her vote during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians have waited impatiently for this election, after it was delayed because of logistical "challenges," just hours before polls were set to open, but now the people get their chance to choose their leaders.(AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Nigerians line up to vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. The election is widely seen as a tight race between President Muhammadu Buhari and his main rival, former vice president Atiku Abubakar.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerians line up to vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. The election is widely seen as a tight race between President Muhammadu Buhari and his main rival, former vice president Atiku Abubakar.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari speaks to the media after casting his vote in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari speaks to the media after casting his vote in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
A woman casts her votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
A woman casts her votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari gestures to supporters after casting his vote in his hometown of Daura, northern Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari gestures to supporters after casting his vote in his hometown of Daura, northern Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigerians vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakarin in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerians vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakarin in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Women queue in line to cast their votes at a polling station on the outskirts of Kano, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Women queue in line to cast their votes at a polling station on the outskirts of Kano, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
People peer through a window as party agents huddle together to watch votes being counted inside a polling station in Kano, northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians went to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
People peer through a window as party agents huddle together to watch votes being counted inside a polling station in Kano, northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians went to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigerian voters wait for the scheduled opening of the polling stations in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakarin in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerian voters wait for the scheduled opening of the polling stations in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakarin in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
A woman cast her votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians have waited impatiently for this election, after it was delayed because of logistical
A woman cast her votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians have waited impatiently for this election, after it was delayed because of logistical "challenges," just hours before polls were set to open, but now the people get their chance to choose their leaders. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Nigerians line up to vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. The election is widely seen as a tight race between President Muhammadu Buhari and his main rival, former vice president Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerians line up to vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. The election is widely seen as a tight race between President Muhammadu Buhari and his main rival, former vice president Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari gestures to supporters after casting his vote in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari gestures to supporters after casting his vote in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Electoral commission officials start counting the ballots for the presidential race after the Gwadabawa polling station closed in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Electoral commission officials start counting the ballots for the presidential race after the Gwadabawa polling station closed in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
A Nigerian security officer checks his phone as votes are being counted in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
A Nigerian security officer checks his phone as votes are being counted in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
A baby sleeps on his mother's back as women queue in line to cast their votes in the village of Tumfafi, near Kano, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
A baby sleeps on his mother's back as women queue in line to cast their votes in the village of Tumfafi, near Kano, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Leading opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, gestures as he waits to cast his vote during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Leading opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, gestures as he waits to cast his vote during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Voters cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians have waited impatiently for this election, after it was delayed because of logistical
Voters cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians have waited impatiently for this election, after it was delayed because of logistical "challenges," just hours before polls were set to open, but now the people get their chance to choose their leaders. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Nigerian electoral officials and voters wait for the scheduled opening of the polling stations in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakarin in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerian electoral officials and voters wait for the scheduled opening of the polling stations in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakarin in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Women and men queue separately as they wait to cast their votes at a polling station on the outskirts of Kano, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Women and men queue separately as they wait to cast their votes at a polling station on the outskirts of Kano, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
People peer through windows as party agents inside huddle together to watch votes being counted inside a polling station in Kano, northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians went to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
People peer through windows as party agents inside huddle together to watch votes being counted inside a polling station in Kano, northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians went to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
A voter points to the record for President Muhammadu Buhari on a voter registration list, before polls open in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
A voter points to the record for President Muhammadu Buhari on a voter registration list, before polls open in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigerian election officials perform final checks after votes were counted in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerian election officials perform final checks after votes were counted in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Two Nigerian men check their phones as votes are being counted in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Two Nigerian men check their phones as votes are being counted in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Voters line up to cast their votes during Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Voters line up to cast their votes during Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar waits to cast his vote during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election.  (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar waits to cast his vote during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Nigerian election officials display ballots to the public as people line up to cast their vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakarin in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerian election officials display ballots to the public as people line up to cast their vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakarin in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Women prepare to cast ballots during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Women prepare to cast ballots during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Electoral commission officials start counting the ballots for the presidential race after the Katsina road polling stating closed in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Electoral commission officials start counting the ballots for the presidential race after the Katsina road polling stating closed in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari prepares to cast his vote in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari prepares to cast his vote in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Women line up to cast their vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Women line up to cast their vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerian election volunteers and police wait for votes to finish being counted in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerian election volunteers and police wait for votes to finish being counted in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Women line up to cast their vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Women line up to cast their vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Electoral commission officials start counting the ballots for the presidential race after the Gwadabawa polling station closed in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Electoral commission officials start counting the ballots for the presidential race after the Gwadabawa polling station closed in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
A woman makes thumps print on her ballot before casting her votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
A woman makes thumps print on her ballot before casting her votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari casts his vote, accompanied by his wife Aisha, right, in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari casts his vote, accompanied by his wife Aisha, right, in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Voters wait to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Voters wait to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Electoral commission officials start counting the ballots for the presidential race after the Gwadabawa polling station closed in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Electoral commission officials start counting the ballots for the presidential race after the Gwadabawa polling station closed in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Electoral commission officials start counting the ballots for the presidential race after the Gwadabawa polling station closed in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Electoral commission officials start counting the ballots for the presidential race after the Gwadabawa polling station closed in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.  Nigerians have waited impatiently for this election, after it was delayed because of logistical
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians have waited impatiently for this election, after it was delayed because of logistical "challenges," just hours before polls were set to open, but now the people get their chance to choose their leaders. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Nigerian voters wait for the scheduled opening of the polling stations in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakarin in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerian voters wait for the scheduled opening of the polling stations in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakarin in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Electoral officials count ballots in front of party agents and observers at a polling station in Kano, northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians went to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Electoral officials count ballots in front of party agents and observers at a polling station in Kano, northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians went to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari arrives to cast his vote in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari arrives to cast his vote in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Electoral officials carry ballot boxes before the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Electoral officials carry ballot boxes before the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
A woman displays her voters card before casting her votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
A woman displays her voters card before casting her votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
A woman prepares to cast her votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
A woman prepares to cast her votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari casts his vote, accompanied by his wife Aisha, in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari casts his vote, accompanied by his wife Aisha, in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Supporters cheer as President Muhammadu Buhari leaves in his car after casting his vote in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Supporters cheer as President Muhammadu Buhari leaves in his car after casting his vote in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigerian election officials use their cellphone lights to count ballots in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerian election officials use their cellphone lights to count ballots in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
A woman voter verifies her voter registration before casting her vote at a polling station in Kano, northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
A woman voter verifies her voter registration before casting her vote at a polling station in Kano, northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
A woman voter verifies her voter registration before casting her vote at a polling station in Kano, northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
A woman voter verifies her voter registration before casting her vote at a polling station in Kano, northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Opposition Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, center, before casting his vote at the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Opposition Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, center, before casting his vote at the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari jokingly looks across at the ballot paper of his wife Aisha, left, to see who she has voted for, before casting his vote in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari jokingly looks across at the ballot paper of his wife Aisha, left, to see who she has voted for, before casting his vote in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Women line up to cast their vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Women line up to cast their vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari casts his vote, accompanied by his wife Aisha, in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari casts his vote, accompanied by his wife Aisha, in his hometown of Daura, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians are going to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Electoral commission officials start counting the ballots for the presidential race after the Katsina road polling stating closed in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Electoral commission officials start counting the ballots for the presidential race after the Katsina road polling stating closed in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerian men line up to cast their vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerian men line up to cast their vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerian election officials display ballots to the public as people line up to cast their vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerian election officials display ballots to the public as people line up to cast their vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Electoral officials count ballots in front of party agents and observers at a polling station in Kano, northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians went to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Electoral officials count ballots in front of party agents and observers at a polling station in Kano, northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Nigerians went to the polls for a presidential election Saturday, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigerian electoral officials distribute the voting material before the scheduled opening of the polling stations in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakarin in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Nigerian electoral officials distribute the voting material before the scheduled opening of the polling stations in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakarin in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Voters line up to cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Damilu Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Electoral commission officials start counting the ballots for the presidential race after the Gwadabawa polling station closed in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Electoral commission officials start counting the ballots for the presidential race after the Gwadabawa polling station closed in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is facing opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)