By Tina Nganda – Tuesday February 26, 2019.
The incumbent President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari who vied the Presidential Elections on the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been reelected President of Nigeria for another four-year term, results read by Mahmood Yakubu, Chair of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the country’s elections body have indicated.
Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria, in office since 2015 is a retired major general in the Nigerian Army and previously served as the country’s President from December 31, 1983, to August 27, 1985, after taking power in a military coup d’état. The 76-year-old voted in his hometown of Daura.
Results recorded from the country’s thirty-six (36) states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) show the All Progressives Congress (APC)of the incumbent earned 15,191,847 of the votes as against 11,262,978 for the main opposition party; The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of Atiku Abubakar.
That notwithstanding, Atiku’s party has rejected the results. The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) rejected the presidential election results even before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the country’s elections body could finish its announcements.
The National Chair of PDP, Uche Secondus, in a press briefing declared the results so far announced by INEC have been overblown to
Uche Secondus said the results are full of what he described as “irregularities” and therefore, “incorrect and unacceptable.” “Our collation centers have the original results from all the polling units in the country, he added.
Going forward, he said “That is from where are going to reclaim our results,” he said, adding that “The results are incorrect and unacceptable to our party. Officials of the APC working with INEC have decided to alter results to affect our people. But Buhari’s camp has rejected any link to elections fraud.
Atiku Abubakar, a Nigerian politician and Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at this 2019 Nigerian general election who served as the 11th vice-president of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007 has had his party parade results showing he won.
Presidential Elections were held, Saturday, February 23, 2019, postponed from February 16, 2019, to elect the President, Vice President, and the National Assembly. But deferrals and violence characterized the exercise with announcements of results done for two days.
On Monday, February 25, 2019, Mahmood Yakubu, Chair of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the country’s elections body started reading results in the presence of both National and International observers and none is citing any irregularities.
Violent scenes were reported with deaths already at some 39 persons. The Nigerian police have confirmed the arrests of 128 persons following election-related issues but are yet to make a statement on the deaths.