President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, was on Wednesday declared winner of the Presidential election held on February 23, 2019.
Buhari, who is the incumbent President, defeated the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, to emerge winner in the keenly contested poll.
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, who announced the final results, 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.
Buhari, 76, who polled more votes from the north, won in a total of 19 states, scoring the statutory 25 per cent of total votes cast in those states, while his main challenger, Atiku, drawing more from the South East an South South, won in 17 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
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.