Buhari re-elected as Nigeria's president

Minnie Murray
March 1, 2019

Some supporters of Mr Buhari took to the streets late on Tuesday in celebration.

The electoral commission said in its official declaration before dawn that Buhari received 15.1 million votes, or 55 percent.

President Muhamamdu Buhari was on Wednesday declared victor of Nigeria's presidential election, bringing an end to a year of intense, and sometime bruising campaign.

On his part, Atiku won in the FCT (259,997), Ondo (275,901), Abia (219,698), Enugu (355,553), Ebonyi (258,573), Anambra (524,738), Oyo (366,690), Adamawa (410,266), Edo (275,691), Benue (275,691).

Buhari who is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), emerged victor in 19 states to defeat his closest rival, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, to emerge victor in the keenly contested poll.

"The new administration will intensify its efforts in security, restructuring the economy and fighting corruption", Mr Buhari said after his victory was officially announced.

Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, who eventually completed the botched term of Yar' Adua, won 2011 with a total vote of 22,495 187 (58.9 per cent), while Buhari, then a candidate of Congress for Progressive Change scored 12,214,853, just 32 per cent of the total votes.

According to Mahmood, Buhari polled a total of 15,191,847 votes against Atiku's 11,262,978 votes.

The president won in Ekiti (219,231), Osun (347,634), Kwara (308,984), Nasarawa (289,903), Kogi (285,894), Gombe (402,961), Yobe (497,914), Niger (612,371), Jigawa (794,738), and Kaduna (993,445).

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