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INEC declares President Buhari winner of 2019 Presidential Election

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

President Muhammadu Buhari has been declared winner of the 2019 Presidential Election.

Buhari who got 15,191,847 votes defeated his closest rival former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who got 11,262,978 votes.

Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), declared President Buhari winner in the early hours of Wednesday.

“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.”

The Certificate of Return would be issued to Mr. Buhari by 2pm today.

The PDP had however since rejected the results, saying that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had connived with INEC to manipulate the figures.

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Buhari won 19 states and got the 25% required votes in more than 24 of the 36 states of the federation.

President Buhari won Kaduna, Jigawa, Niger, Yobe, Gombe, Kogi, Nasarawa, Kwara, Osun, Ekiti, Bauchi, Lagos, Ogun, Kano, Katsina, Borno, Sokoto, Kebbi, and Zamfara states.

Atiku won 17 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The states Atiku won are; Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Abia, Ondo, Adamawa, Taraba, Oyo, Edo, Benue, Imo, Plateau, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, and the FCT.

PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar
PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

2019 Presidential Election Results by states (Source: Premium Times)

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