The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, has been declared winner of the Presidential election

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, has been declared winner of the Presidential election held on February 23, 2019.

Buhari, who is the incumbent President, defeated the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, to emerge winner in the keenly contested poll.

Announcing the final results of the election on Wednesday, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, said President Buhari polled a total of 15,191,847 to defeat his closest rival and the PDP candidate, Atiku, who polled 11,262,978.

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From start, Buhari proved to be the man to beat, leading all other candidates and ending with a wide margin of almost four million votes ahead of Atiku, and drawing his largest block of votes from the core Northern states.

The 76-year-old Buhari won in a total of 19 states, scoring the statutory 25 per cent of total votes cast in those states, while his main challenger, Atiku, won in 17 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

With the announced result, President Buhari has satisfied the requirement of the law, which states that to be declared president, a candidate must have a majority of votes cast nationwide and at least 25 per cent of votes cast in two-thirds of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The announcement of Buhari as winner brings to an end six days of an electoral process that began effectively after a week of postponement, prompted by logistical challenges in the distribution of electoral materials, according to INEC.

The shift in the date of the Presidential and National Assembly elections to February 23 from February 16 had triggered outrage across the country, heightening tension among the citizens and the political parties, with the ruling APC and main opposition PDP accusing each other of colluding with INEC to influence the outcome of the elections.

It also generated concern among local and international observer missions, casting doubt about the credibility of the process.

The fears were soon dispelled as INEC stepped up its communication with stakeholders, offering the assurance that it was set to deliver a free, fair and credible election.

Buhari’s victory comes amid protest by the main opposition party against what it describes as lack of level playing field in the run-up to the presidential election, as well as observed lapses in the electoral process, including alleged over-voting, vote buying and other forms of electoral manipulations.

SN PARTY TOTAL VOTES POLLED
1 A 19,209
2 AA 14,380
3 AAC 33,953
4 AAP 8,902
5 ABP 4,523
6 ACD 11,325
7 ACPN 7,223
8 ADC 97,874
9 ADP 54,930
10 AGA 4,689
11 AGAP 3,071
12 ANDP 3,104
13 ANN 16,779
14 ANP 3,586
15 ANRP 4,340
16 APA 36,866
17 APC 15,191,847 ….. WINNER
18 APDA 26,558
19 APGA 66,851
20 APM 26,039
21 APP 3,585
22 ASD 2,146
23 AUN 1,092
24 BNPP 1,649
25 CAP 1,111
26 CC 2,391
27 CNP 1,874
28 DA 2,769
29 DPC 5,242
30 DPP 14,483
31 FRESH 4,554
32 FJP 4,174
33 GDPN 41,852
34 GPN 4,924
35 HDP 1,663
36 ID 1,845
37 JMPP 1,853
38 KP 1,911
39 LM 1,438
40 LP 5,074
41 MAJA 2,651
42 MMN 14,540
43 MPN 2,752
44 MPN 2,752
45 NAC 2,279
46 NCMP 1,378
47 NCP 3,799
48 NDCP 1,192
49 NDLP 1,588
50 NEPP 1,524
51 NFD 4,096
52 NIP 2,248
53 NNPP 6,111
54 NPC 10,081
55 NRM 6,229
56 NUP 5,323
57 PCP 110,196
58 PDP 11,262,978
59 PPA 21,822
60 PPC 8,979
61 PPN 4,622
62 PT 2,613
63 RAP 2,972
64 RBNP 1,792
65 RP 2,388
66 SDP 34,746
67 SNC 28,680
68 SNP 3,941
69 UDP 3,970
70 UP 1,561
71 UPN 1,631
72 WTPN 732
73 YES 2,394
74 YPP 21,886

The PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, had declared that the results as being announced by INEC in Abuja were unacceptable by the party.

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