After four days of collating the results, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that President Muhammadu Buhari is the winner of the Feb 23 presidential elections with 15,191,847 votes.
His key challenger, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), comes second in the polls contested by 71 parties with 11,262,978 votes.
The African Democratic Congress came third with 97,874 votes.
In the official announcement, the Commission’s head Mahmood Yakubu also noted the following figures:
Total number of registered voters: 82,344,107
Total number of accredited voters: 29364209
Total number of votes cast: 28,614,192
Total number of valid votes: 27,324,583
Rejected votes: 1,289,607
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,” Buhari said in a appreciation speech delivered ad around 5am, just shortly after the announcements.
He added that after he has been sworn in on 29 May for his second term, “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.”
The PDP however has disagreed with the voting figures as released by INEC. It “maintains that from the actual votes delivered at the polling units, which we all have, Nigerians clearly and unequivocally gave their mandate to” its own candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
It says it has no choice but to call on Nigerians “ to disregard the results until INEC provides the data from the card reader accreditation at the PUs, conducts fresh election in Borno, Yobe and Zamfara states as well as restore our votes in Plateau, FCT, Kogi and Nasarawa states.”