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Because Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election was fiercely contested and many believed President Buhari had become too vulnerable and beatable. With the election over with minimal violence, Buhari can settle down to delivering on his election promises, including reducing corruption, improving security, and growing the economy.

Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Muhammadu Buhari the winner in the 23 February presidential election. Buhari scored 15,171,847 votes to defeat former vice president Atiku Abubakar who polled 11,262,978 votes.

According to INEC, of the 82,344,107 registered voters, 29,364,209 voters were accredited, but only 28,614, 190 people voted, with valid votes amount to 27,324,583. INEC rejected 1,289,607 votes. Voter turn out was about 35%, but Buhari won by about 14%.

INEC has presented President Buhari and his running mate, Pastor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) with their certificates of return.

INEC’s declaration immediately spurred the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) and their supporters to celebrate. Across northern states and in the capital, scores of supporters thronged the streets in wild jubilation, causing multiple accidents and injuries.

Buhari’s performance in the 2019 elections surpassed his performance against Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, winning in four of six geopolitical zones, including the northeast, northwest, northcentral, and southwest. He lost in all southeast and south south states, but narrowed Atiku’s win in what is the PDP’s strongholds.

Atiku Abubakar and the PDP have rejected the result citing wide-scale manipulations, including voter suppression, vote buying, ballot snatching, and outright score inflation. They threatened to challenge the result in court, accusing Buhari and the APC of instigating INEC, police, and Army to rig the elections for the benefit of the president and his party.

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