Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari wins 2019 presidential election

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was on Tuesday, February 26, declared winner of the 2019 presidential election. Buhari of the All Progressive Congress (APC) party won by 56% followed by businessman and former vice president Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party with 41%.
The president won by 3.9 million votes, having garnered 15.2 million proving wrong those who doubted he could survive the blows of recession that blighted his first term. Addressing the nation shortly after being declared the winner, Buhari thanked Nigerians for re-electing him for the second time. “I met the very hardworking members of our team, many of them young people, and was briefed on the performance of our party so far in the presidential elections. I am very proud of what has been accomplished,” he said on Twitter.
The head of state praised the efforts of the national leader of the APC party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the party’s national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, towards his successful re-election. He also commended security agencies for a job well done during the election while expressing condolences over the lives lost during the polls. Earlier, Atiku’s party had rejected the tallies announced as incorrect and unacceptable.
The party demanded an immediate stop to the release of the results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) until turnout figures were provided to the competing parties. Buhari’s party claimed the Opposition was trying to discredit the returns from the election held on Saturday, February 23. The accusations ratcheted up tensions in a vote marred by delays, logistical glitches and outbreaks of violence.

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