2019!!! Nationwide Tears, As INEC Declares Buhari President Of Nigeria, Despite The Greatest Rigging Ever

By Post-Nigeria: February 27, 2019 06:41

2019!!! Nationwide Tears, As INEC Declares Buhari President Of Nigeria, Despite The Greatest Rigging Ever

In what appeared to be one of the most contentious political race since Nigeria’s return to civil rule, a winner has emerged in the 2019 Presidential election; he is Muhammadu Buhari, the Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

According to the results announced at the early hour of Wednesday, by Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Buhari, the incumbent President from 2015 to 2019, polled a total of 15,191,847 votes, which represents 56.94 percent of the total votes, against his closest challenger and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who scored 11,264, 278 votes (42.22 percent).

Buhari’s victory is registered in 20 States of the Federation, excluding the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, the seat of the Nigerian government, where he lost to Atiku, by a margin of 107,773 votes. Buhari also lost the FCT in 2015, but with a difference of 10,796 votes.

The States where the APC Candidate won in last Saturday’s election, include: Ekiti, Osun, Ogun, Lagos, Gombe, Kogi, Kwara, Niger, Jigawa, Kaduna, Yobe, Katsina, Ogun, Kano, and Nasarawa.
Others are Bauchi, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, and Borno States.

On the other hand, Atiku won in 16 States, including the FCT, comprising: Abia, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo, Edo, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Rivers States.

The rest are: Ondo, Oyo, Benue, Plateau, Adamawa, and Taraba States.

According to the Nigerian Electoral law, the Candidate with the highest votes is declared the winner in the first round, as long as he scores not less than one-quarter of votes cast at the election in each of at least two-thirds of all States in the Federation, and the FCT, Abuja.

With this victory, Buhari becomes the second President to secure two terms in Office, since 1999. Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, of the PDP, also won in 1999 and 2003, respectively.

President Musa Yar’Adua, who won the Presidential election in 2007, died in power in 2010, therefore, he could not contest in 2011.

Ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan, who eventually completed the botched term of Yar’Adua, won 2011, with a total vote of 22,495,187 (58.9 percent), while Buhari, then a Candidate of the CPC, scored 12,214,853, just 32 percent of the total votes; but Jonathan was defeated in 2015, therefore foiling his chance to do a second term.

Buhari, with his 55.6 percent lead over Atiku’s 41.22 percent, though won with a wider margin in the Saturday election, than he did in 2015, his total vote count in 2019, is lower than his result in 2015, an indication that his popularity may have waned nearly four years in office

Meanwhile, the PDP has rejected the result of the elections, and called on Nigerians to disregard the results, until INEC provides the data from the card reader accreditation at the polling units, and conducts fresh elections in Borno, Yobe, and Zamfara States.

In a letter signed by Deputy Director-General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Tanimu Turaki, SAN, the party also called on INEC to restore its votes in Plateau, FCT, Kogi, and Nasarawa States.

There are Media reports of ballot box snatching in Lagos, Delta, Anambra, and other States. Also, elections were cancelled or not held in several polling units Akwa Ibom and Rivers States.

The PDP Vice Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi, has also called for a fresh poll in the South-East, alleging malfunctioning of card readers, among other irregularities.

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