Nigeria Elections: Full Analysis of the Presidential Election
London, Feb. 27, 2019 (AltAfrica) After an intriguing period of political drama and campaigning — heralded by defections and war of words, and the postponement of polls by a week, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, has been declared winner of the Presidential election held on February 23, 2019 with a margin of nearly four million votes to his closest rival.
A total of 73 candidates were in the presidential race with President Muhammadu Buhari (APC) who faced a strong challenge from former Vice President Atiku Abubakar (PDP) in the presidential contest.
Results for all states
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Announcing the final results of the election on Wednesday, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, said President Buhari polled a total of 15,191,847 to defeat his closest rival and the PDP candidate, Atiku, who polled 11,262,978. Turnout was 35.6%.
Mr Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) won in 19 of the 36 states while the PDP was victorious in 17 states and in the capital, Abuja, according to the electoral commission (INEC). 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.
No independent observer has cited electoral fraud.
What are the Opposition Saying?
Buhari’s victory comes amid protest by the main opposition party against what it describes as lack of level playing field in the run-up to the presidential election, as well as observed lapses in the electoral process, including alleged over-voting, vote buying and other forms of electoral manipulations but no independent observer has cited electoral fraud. The federal government accused the PDP of trying to “scuttle the polls” and prompt a constitutional crisis.
The party called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) to halt the collation and announcement of results, insisting that the outcomes were not valid.
Also echoing the PDP National Chairman in a statement on Tuesday, the Deputy Director General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Tanimu Turaki, said, “We have evidence from the smart card reader accreditation data that what is being announced by INEC has been seriously tampered with and manipulated.”
He stated further, “The PDP predicates its demand on available evidence to the effect that data from the card readers are being reconfigured to suit the manipulations, rigging, and over-voting already carried out during the election in some states by the All Progressives Congress (APC).”
Election in numbers
- 73 million have voters’ cards
- 51% of the electorate under the age of 35
- 73 registered presidential candidates
- 120,000 polling stations
“The new administration will intensify its efforts in security, restructuring the economy and fighting corruption.
“The new administration will intensify its efforts in security, restructuring the economy and fighting corruption,” Mr Buhari said after his victory was officially announced. The election this year is the sixth since Nigeria returned to democratic rule in 1999. Buhari was first elected President in 2015, on his fourth attempt to lead the country.