Published: Fri, March 01, 2019
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Muhammadu Buhari re-elected as president of Nigeria

Muhammadu Buhari re-elected as president of Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari has won his re-election bid after defeating his main challenger, Atiku Abubakar, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to emerge victor of the 2019 Presidential election.

IN WHAT appeared to be one of the most contentious political race since Nigeria's return to civil rule, a victor has emerged in the 2019 presidential election; he is Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressive Congress.

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

The states where the APC's candidate won in the last Saturday's election include Ekiti, Osun, Ogun, Lagos, Gombe, Kogi, Kwara, Niger, Jigawa, Kaduna, Yobe, Katsina, Kano, and Nasarawa.

Other states where he won are Imo (334,923), Plateau (548,665), Taraba (374,743), Cross River (295,737), Akwa-Ibom (395,832), Delta (594,068), Bayelsa (197,933) and Rivers (473,971).

Buhari defeated the main opposition party candidate Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president, to secure his second term.

Hours after Buhari was declared victor, opposition leader Atiku Abubakar rejected the results and vowed a legal challenge.

This comes as Atiku rejected the results, blaming INEC for "inconsistencies" and colluding with the APC to deny the will of the people. The president won by 3.9 million votes, having garnered 15.2 million to Atiku's 11.3 million.

In his acceptance speech, Buhari thanked God and Nigerians for electing him to pilot the affairs of the nation for another four years.

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