(Updated) Presidential Election: Buhari Is Winner

  • Buhari To Receive ‘Certificate Of Return’ By 2pm Today

President Muhammadu Buhari has won his re-election bid. He polled 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest rival, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party in the presidential poll conducted on February 23.

Atiku polled 11,262,978 to lose the election with a margin of 3,928,869 votes.

This is according to the Independent National Electoral Commission’s collated figure of votes from all the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory released on Wednesday morning.

The President-elect will get his ‘Certificate of Return’ by 2pm on Wednesday, February 27.

The INEC Chairman, Professor Yakubu Mahmood, stated this after declaring the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as President-elect, following final collation of results in the early hours of Wednesday.

Mahmood declared, “Ladies and gentlemen, in fulfillment of the electoral act which says that a certificate of return shall be issued not less than seven days to the declaration of the winner, I hereby announce that the certificate of return will be issued to the President-elect and Vice President-elect at 2pm today in this very hall.”

Announcing the final results of the election on Wednesday, Professor Mahmood said President Buhari polled a total of 15,191,847 to defeat his closest rival and the PDP candidate, Atiku, who polled 11,262,978.

The President has met all the constitutional requirements a candidate needs to meet before he could be declared the winner.

According to the constitution, a presidential candidate must have nothing less than 25 per cent of votes cast in at least two-thirds or 24 states of the federation. The candidate should also have majority votes in the election.

The incumbent President has more than 25 per cent of the votes in over 24 states. He also defeated his closest rival with 3,928,869 votes.

Atiku also had 25 per cent of the total votes cast in over 24 states but lost the poll when the simple majority rule condition is applied.

While President Buhari won in 19 states, Atiku won in 17 states and the FCT.

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

Atiku won in Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu, Imo, Ondo, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Taraba and the FCT.

INEC had started the collation of the results on Monday.

Summary of how the candidates stand:

STATES AAC ANN APC PDP YPP
1)ABIA 212 88 85,058 219,698 720
2)ADAMAWA 282 162 378,078 410,266 109
3)AKWA IBOM 222 95 175,429 395,832 118
4)ANAMBRA 124 45 33,298 524,738 4,091
5)BAUCHI 183 46 798,428 209,313 112
6)BAYELSA 126 37 118,821 197,933 50
7)BENUE 309 201 347,668 356,817 557
8)BORNO 269 29 836,496 71,788 78
9)CROSS RIVER 242 88 117,302 295,737 217
10)DELTA 1,626 320 221,292 594,068 497
11)EBONYI 205 683 90,726 258,573 192
12)EDO 3,106 273 267,842 275,691 531
13)EKITI 400 88 219,231 154,032 68
14)ENUGU 219 141 54,423 355,553 1,379
15)GOMBE 165 78 402,961 138,484 39
16)IMO 467 119 140,463 334,923 676
17)JIGAWA 226 66 794,738 289,895 67
18)KADUNA 243 261 993,445 649,612 196
19)KANO 416 114 1,464,768 391,593 200
20)KATSINA 186 82 1,232,133 308,056 61
21)KEBBI 276 99 581,552 154,282 53
22)KOGI 250 89 285,894 218,207 87
23)KWARA 401 422 308,984 138,184 140
24)LAGOS 8,910 6,946 580,825 448,015 5,733
25)NASARAWA 75 45 289,903 283,847 44
26)NIGER 324 145 612,371 218,052 113
27)OGUN 3,196 1,509 281,762 194,655 553
28)ONDO 4,414 311 241,769 275,901 1,224
29)OSUN 1,022 268 347,634 337,377 189
30)OYO 4,014 1,896 365,229 366,690 1,608
31)PLATEAU 268 796 468,555 548,665 442
32)RIVERS 372 365 150,710 473,971 415
33)SOKOTO 181 124 490,333 361,604 84
34)TARABA 116 35 324,906 374,743 80
35)YOBE 137 37 497,914 50,763 36
36)ZAMFARA 186 24 438,682 125,423 44
37)FCT 583 652 152,224 259,997 1,083
TOTAL VOTES 33,953 16,779 15,191,847 11,262,978 21,886

 

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