Incumbent president of the Federal State of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has retained his seat to rule the country for a second term in office, after beating his closest rival, Atiku Abubakar,in the 2019 National elections held over the weekend.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officially declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate winner, with close to four million votes more than that of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) contender, Atiku.
Buhari, according to electoral body of Africa’s most populous country, scored 15,191,847 votes, while Atiku garnered 11,262,978 votes to finish as runner – up. The numbers represent 56% of the vote for Buhari, compared with 41% for Atiku.
The chairman of Nigeria’s Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has explained that, on the issue of accredited voters not adding up to number of voters, the problem affected less than 2% of voters and thus did not affect the general conclusion.
Concerning Yobe and Akwa Ibom, Yakubu said that the numbers add up. In reference to the request of the opening of the commission’s back-end for verification and cross checking of voters, he said that it is not a matter of law. He said the discussion can be continued after the end of the process.
Buhari speaking at the APC presidential Campaign office in Abuja, expressed gratitude to millions of Nigerians who voted him to continue serving for the next four years.
He said: “Your Excellency the vice president, all party dignitaries, first and foremost I thank the God almighty who has made our lives and given our party this victory. I thank those who voted and reelected me president for the next four years.
“I will continue to serve you for the next four years, serve supporters who sacrificed so much of their time and resources to ensure the success of this election. I will like to commend our security agencies for their hard work during the election process. I thank you for your support and my God bless the Republic of Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, PDP’s Atiku who came second in the election has rejected the result of the poll as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday morning, hinting on hitting the court to challenge the results, describing it as “unacceptable.”
“If I had lost in a free and fair election, I would have called the victor within seconds of my being aware of his victory to offer not just my congratulations, but my services to help unite Nigeria by being a
bridge between the North and the South. Consequently, I hereby reject the result of the February 23, 2019 sham election and will be challenging it in court”, Atiku stated in a statement emailed to Premium Times.
Lamenting on the some incidences which characterised the Saturday election, including what he described as “obvious red flag is the statistical impossibility of states ravaged by the war on terror generating much higher voter turnouts than peaceful states” and “militarization of the electoral process is a disservice to our democracy and a throwback to the jackboot era of military dictatorship”, he said “I want to assure my supporters and the entire Nigerian people that together, we will not allow democracy to be emasculated.”
Buhari faces a daunting to-do list, including reviving an economy still struggling to recover from a 2016 recession and quelling a decade-old Islamist insurgency that has killed thousands of people in the northeast.