Nigeria re-elects Buhari for second term after the final collation and declaration of results was announced by Prof. Mahmood Yakubu the chief returning officer of the nation at the collation centre Abuja.
Buhari’s All Progressive Congress Party wins the general elections with a total of 15,191,847 votes, beating the opposition Atiku’s People’s Democratic Party that got 11,262,978 votes.
INEC officially declared Buhari as the winner in the early hours of this morning.
That Muhammadu Buhari of the APC, having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected. #NigeriaDecides2019Result pic.twitter.com/oz89PAz1QM
Buhari garnered his breakthrough votes from two North West States Kano and Kastina states, each respectively gave him 1,464,768 and 1,232,133 votes.
This greatly increased the margin between Buhari and his rival Atiku who only pulled 391,593 votes in Kano and 308,056 votes in Katsina.
He also won the remaining North West states namely Jigawa state (794,738 votes) , Kaduna State (993,445 votes), Sokoto state (490,333 votes) , Zamfara state (438,682 votes) and Kebbi state (581,552 votes). While Atiku did not win any state in North West.
Buhari dominates in North Central
Buhari won four North Central Geo political zone states namely Nasawara state (289,903 votes), Kogi state (285,894 votes), Kwara state (308,984 votes), Niger state (612,371 votes). While Atiku won just two states, Benue state (347,668 votes) and Plateau state (548,665 votes) and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja (259,997 votes).
Buhari leads in North East
Buhari again lead Atiku in this home state Geo political zone (North East). He added four states to his already large win, leaving Atiku with just two states.
He won in Bauchi State (798,428 votes), Borno State (836,496 votes), Gombe State (402,961 votes) and Yobe state (497,914 votes).
Atiku won his home state Adamawa (410,266) and Taraba State (374,743 votes)
Buhari takes South West
Buhari won big in south west Geo political zones, he takes four states out of the six states and that included metropolitan city Lagos.
He wins Lagos state (580,825 votes), Osun state (347,634 votes), Ekiti state (219,231 votes) and Ogun state (281,762 votes).
Atiku got two states, Ondo state (275,901 votes) and Oyo state (366,690 votes)
Atiku gets South East and Niger Delta
PDP’s Atiku Abubakar wins the entire South East and Niger Delta Geo-political zones.
He won in Abia state (219,698), Anambra state (524,738), Ebonyi state (258,573 votes), Enugu state (355,553 votes) and Imo state (334,923 votes).
He won Akwa Ibom state (395,832 votes), Bayelsa state (197,933 votes), Cross River state (295,737 votes), Delta state (594,068 votes), Rivers state (473,971 votes) and Edo state (275,691 votes)
Buhari celebrates victory
Immediately INEC announced him the winner, President Buhari took to his twitter and shared an official statement.
First and foremost, I give thanks to Almighty God Who has spared our lives to witness another victory for Nigerian democracy and victory for our party APC.
I thank the millions of Nigerians who voted to re-elect me as your president for the next four years. I am deeply humbled and profoundly grateful to you for judging me worthy of continuing to serve you and for your peaceful conduct.
He thanks his campaign council
In particular, I would like to thank Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for his masterful leadership as Co-chair of the Campaign Council.
I would like to also thank the Party Chairman Adams Oshiomhole, the Director General of the Campaign Council Rotimi Amaechi, all members of the Presidential Campaign Council and other various Support Groups.
My grateful thanks to all those who contributed to the logistical expenses of the campaign in such a vast country like Nigeria.
He expressed concerned about the violence during the election
I also thank the millions of volunteers, self-appointed overseers, canvassers, agents, escorts and sentries who sacrificed so much of their time and resources to ensure the success of these elections. I do not have the words adequate to thank them.
Although Saturday’s elections were relatively peaceful, troublemakers in a handful of states attempted to disrupt an otherwise orderly process. Security agencies will bring to justice all those arrested in the process.
I am very sad at the grievous loss of lives during these elections. Security agencies will step up their efforts to protect voters in the forthcoming State elections.
I would like to commend our security agencies, as severely overstretched as they are, for handling the difficult task of securing the country during the election period.
I would like to make a special appeal to my supporters not to gloat or humiliate the opposition. Victory is enough reward for your efforts.
We give thanks also to our Domestic and International observers for contributing to the success of our elections and for their interest in our country and our developing democracy.
The new Administration will intensify its efforts in Security, Restructuring the Economy and Fighting Corruption. We have laid down the foundation and we are committed to seeing matters to the end.
We will strive to strengthen our unity and inclusiveness so that no section or group will feel left behind or left out.