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Nigeria election: Muhammadu Buhari re-elected as president

Nigeria election: Muhammadu Buhari re-elected as president

Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari won in 19 states, his rival Abubakar was victorious in 17 only, BBC reported. According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Buhari re-elected as president. 

Muhammadu Buhari has been declared the winner of Nigeria’s election after results showed that he claimed 56% of the vote. Babatunde Fashola, a minister and the campaign director for election monitoring, told the AP that they were preparing for the president to give his acceptance speech and celebrate. Dozens of supporters began dancing outside party headquarters in Abuja.

“Muhammadu Buhari of the APC, having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner,” Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), told election officials and reporters in the early hours of Wednesday.

Buhari’s victory in details

Mr Buhari, the 76-year-old defeated his principal rival, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, with a margin of nearly four million votes. In 2019, the presidential race was very intensive, and Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) won in 19 of the 36 states while the PDP was victorious in 17 states and in the capital, Abuja, according to the INEC.

 Mr Abubakar’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the result. Turnout was 35.6%. Delays and violence marred the run-up to Saturday’s poll but no independent observer has cited electoral fraud.