Published: Fri, March 01, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Nigerians Return President Buhari to Office

Nigerians Return President Buhari to Office

President Muhamamdu Buhari was on Wednesday declared victor of Nigeria's presidential election, bringing an end to a year of intense, and sometime bruising campaign.

Buhari, of the ruling All Progressives Congress party, secured 15.1m votes in the February 23 polls, Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said.

This means 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.

Others are Bauchi, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi and Borno states.

The rest are Ondo, Oyo, Bayelsa, Benue, Plateau and Adamawa and Taraba states.

"The new administration will intensify its efforts in security, restructuring the economy and fighting corruption", Mr Buhari said after his victory was officially announced.

His main opponent, former vice president Atiku Abubakar of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), received 11.2, votes. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo of PDP also won in 1999 and 2003. But Jonathan was defeated in 2015, therefore foiling his chance to do the second term.

In his acceptance speech, Buhari thanked God and Nigerians for electing him to pilot the affairs of the nation for another four years.

There are media reports of ballot box snatching in Lagos, Delta, Anambra, and other states.

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