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Tuesday, 26 February 2019

BUHARI WINS 2019 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION


All Progressives Congress’s Muhammadu Buhari has been re-elected as Nigeria’s president for another four-year term after facing stiff competition from his closest challenger Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party.
Buhari was declared the winner of the election in Wednesday morning, more than three days after voting closed in most of the polling centres.
Abubakar, a former ally of President Buhari, led a motley pack of challengers, most of whom posed no serious obstacle to Buhari’s re-election.
Observers said killings, malpractices and attacks on electoral officials marred the elections which held a week after it was earlier scheduled.
In the final tally announced by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, Buhari polled 15, 191, 847 votes while Abubakar, a former Nigerian vice president between 1999 and 2007, got 11, 262, 978 votes.
The bulk of Buhari’s numbers came from the North where he has a cult following.
Both Buhari and Atiku are from the northern part of Nigeria. Analysts had predicted before the elections that being northern Muslims, the two front runners will share the votes from the region.
But Buhari’s popularity in Kano, his native Katsina, insurgency-ravaged Yobe and Borno states, and Zamfara was too much for PDP’s Atiku to contend with.
The president also won in four out of six states in Southwest, a traditional stronghold of the APC, and four states in the country’s north-central which many believed will swing towards the opposition.
APC’s victory in the region consumed Nigeria’s Senate president Bukola Saraki’s dream of returning to the Red Chamber for another term as he lost his seat to APC’s Ibrahim Oloriegbe.

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