Muhammadu Buhari Emerges As Winner In The 2019 Presidential Election
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, has been declared winner of the Presidential election conducted on February 23, 2019.
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, who announced the result, said President Buhari polled a total of 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest rival and the PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who polled 11,262,978 votes.
The 76-year-old president won in 19 states and scored the statutory 25 per cent of total votes cast in those states, while his main rival, 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.