Nigeria elects Muhammadu Buhari
Final results from general election on Saturday show, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been re-elected for a second four-year term.
Muhammadu Buhari defeated his main rival, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, with a margin of just under four million votes. People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Mr Abubakar has rejected the result.
Delays and violence flawed the run-up to the poll but no independent observer has cited electoral fraud.
According to the electoral commission (INEC), All Progressives Congress (APC) won in 19 of the 36 states while the People’s Democratic Party PDP was victorious in 17 states and in the capital, Abuja.
Turnout was just below 35% of registered voters. The commission will make a formal declaration on Wednesday.
The announcing of Nigeria’s election result dragged on through its second day as the paperwork came in from around the country. But as Tuesday night wore on, the outcome became more apparent, with President Buhari securing 15 million votes.
Initial results showed high voter turnouts in the north, from where Mr Buhari has received the bulk of his votes. But the national produce figures look to have been the lowest since the country’s return to democracy 20 years ago.
The opposition PDP alleges some figures were incorrect but the ruling APC dismissed these claims.
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