Lagos - Nigeria's All Progressives Congress 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 Peoples 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 29 May, in the first-ever democratic change of power in
Africa's most populous country and its top economy.
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.
The APC, formed just two years ago, was also poised to make gains elsewhere.
say Nigeria's gripping 2015 election cycle has highlighted democracy's
growing hold in a nation plagued by military coups and tainted elections
since independence from Britain in 1960