President Muhammadu Buhari has won the 2019 presidential election polling 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest challenger and former vice president, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party.AtikuAbubakar, who served as vice president between 1999 and 2007, polled 11,262,978 votes to finish as runner-up. Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), declared Mr Buhari the winner of the election and returned him as duly elected. “I, Professor Mahmood Yakubu hereby certify that I was the returning officer for the election held on the 23rd of February, 2019. That Muhammadu Buhari having satisfied the requirements of the law, having scored the highest number of votes is hereby returned elected.”Yakubu said the Certificate of Return would be issued to the winners later today, at 2 p.m. It was a hard-fought victory for Mr Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), after a rigorous political campaign that saw the 76-year old retired army general traverse the 36 state capitals as he sought a much-needed re-election.Photo Credit: Getty
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