Jubilation in Abuja as Muhammadu Buhari re-elected Nigerian president
London, Feb. 27, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Its been celebration galore in Abuja, Nigeria’s seat of power as Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was overwhelmingly re-elected for a second four-year term, final results from Saturday’s general election show.
The 76-year-old defeated his main rival, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, with a margin of just under four million votes.
Mr Abubakar’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the result.
The Independent National Electoral Commission is expected to formally announce President Muhammadu Buhari president-elect, on Wednesday following the collation of results of the 23 February election.
At the end of collation on Tuesday night, President Buhari crossed the 15 million mark in votes scored in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
He polled 15,191,847 votes, winning in 19 of the states, after the result of Rivers was added.
His main challenger Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party scored 11, 255,978 votes and won 17 states and Abuja.
Buhari also satisfied the constitutional requirement of making 25 per cent in 34 states and the FCT. He missed the cut in Enugu and Anambra states.
In 2015, Buhari scored 15, 424,921 votes to beat the PDP incumbent Goodluck Jonathan who scored 12,853,162 votes.
It means Abubakar performed worse than Jonathan.