With 15,191,947 votes and 11,262,978 votes in favour of the APC and PDP candidates respectively, who vied for the coveted trophy of the Presidency of the largest democracy in Africa and the black world, the Nigeria electorate spoke through the ballot. Their actions returned President MuhammaduBuharias the third sitting President to be reelected in Nigeria, after lateShehuShagari and ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.
After four days of ballot counting which put Nigerians in high suspense, Nigeria’s electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) led by Prof. Mahmood Yakubufinally declared President MuhammaduBuhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the keenly contested office having defeated his closest rival Alh. AtikuAbubakarof the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and satisfying the statutory criteria for election as President in Nigeria.
The APC scored the highest votes in 19 states of the federation, the PDP scored the highest votes in 17 states and the FCT.
While the PDP has demanded the cancellation of Borno, Yobe, Zamfara and Nasarawastates presidential results and called for fresh elections in the listed states on the grounds of observed irregularities, supporters of the APC are celebrating the success of their presidential candidate, President MuhammaduBuhari at the February 23, 2019 polls.