Why INEC’s Yakubu declared Buhari winner of 2019 presidential election

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has decaled President Muhammadu Buhari, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the 2019 presidential election, held on Saturday Feb. 23.

Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman Mahmood Yakubu addresses the audience on February 25, 2019 in Abuja during the presidential elections announcement. – Muhammadu Buhari got off to a winning start in his bid for re-election as Nigeria’s president, as the first result was announced today from weekend polls. The 76-year-old former military ruler won 219,231 votes in the southwestern state of Ekiti, while his main opponent, Atiku Abubakar, got 154,032, the electoral commission announced. (Photo AFP)

Buhari was declared re-elected having polled 15,191,847 votes, winning in 19 states, to defeat other 72 candidates including Atiku Abubakar, the Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 11, 255,978 votes and won 17 states and the FCT, to occupied the second position. The Chief Retuning Officer and INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu announcing the result at the national collation centre on Wednesday morning, said that Buhari was declared re-elected, haven met the constitution requirements.

Yakubu said that the registered voters was 82,344, 107, accredited voters was 29,364,209, total votes cast was 28,614,190, total valid votes was 27,324,583 and rejected votes was 1,289,607.

“That Muhammadu Buhari having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the highest votes is hereby declared the winner,” Yakubu said. Yakubu also said that Felix Nicholas of the Peoples Collation Party (PCP) scored 110,196 votes, while Ositelu Isaac Babatunde of Accord Party (AP) polled 19,209 votes. In 2015, Buhari scored 15, 424,921 votes to beat the PDP incumbent Goodluck Jonathan who scored 12,853,162 votes. The total number of registered voters in the country is 84,004,084, with 44,405,439 (52.86 per cent) as male, and 39,598,645 (47.14 per cent) as female, while the number of collected Permand Voter Cards (PVCs) nationwide was 72,775,502.

The 2019 presidential election was held at 119,973 polling units in 36 States of the federation and the FCT. BELOW IS THE DETAIL RESULTS: Ositelu Isaac Babatunde (A) 19,209 Abdulrashid Baba (AA) 14,380 Omoyele Sowore (AAC) 33,953 Chike Ukaegbu (AAP) 8,902 Shipi Godia (ABP) 4, 523 Nwokeafor Ndubuisi (ACD) 11,325 Ezekwesili Obiageli (ACPN) 7,223 Mailafia Obadiah (ADC) 9,874 Yabagi Yusuf (ADP) 54,930 Nwachukwu Nwabuikwu (AGA) 4,689 Chief Umenwa Godwin (AGAP) 3,071 Obaje Ameh (ANDP) 3,104 Durotoye Olufela (ANN)- 16,779 Shittu Asiwaju (ANP)- 3,586 Fasua Kolade (ANRP) 4,340 Ibrahim Hassan (APA) 36,866 Buhari Muhammadu (APC) 15,191,847 Shitu Kabir (APDA) 26,558 Gbor Terwase (APGA) 66,851 Yusuf Dantalle (APM) 26,039 Obinna lkeagwuonu (APP) 3,585 Dara John (ASD) 2,146 Angela Johnson (AUN) 1,092 David lze-lyamu (BNPP) 1,649 Ojinika Chizee (C4C) 2,391 Abah Elaigwu (CAP) 1,111 Etim lshie (CNP) 1,874 Ukonga Frank (DA) 2,769 Awosola Olusola (DPC)- 5,242 Osakwe Felix (DPP)- 14, 483 Onwubuya (JFP)- 4,174 Okotie Christopher (RESH)-4,554 Akhimien lsibor (GDPN)- 41,852 Eke Chukwuma (GPN)-4,924 Albert Ambrose (HDP)-1,663 Madu Edozie (ID) 1,845 Chukwu-Eguzolugo Chikendu (JMPP) 1,853 Fagbenro-Byron Adesina (KP) 1,911 Kriz David (LM) 1,438 Muhammed Zaki (LP) 5,074 Adesanya-Davies Olufunmilayo (MAJA)- 2,651 Bashayi Dansarki (MMN)- 14,540 Santuraki Hamisu (MPN) -2,752 Rabia Cengiz (NAC)- 2,279 Ademola Abidemi (NCMP)-1,378 Salisu Tanko (NCP) 3,799 Edosomwan Johnson (NDCP) 1,192 Akpau Robinson (NDLP)1,588 Ishaka Ofemile (NEPP) 1,524 Asukwo Archibong (NFD) 4,096 Atuejide Julian (NIP) 2,248 Ike Eke (NNPP) 6,111 Maina Kyari (NPC)10,081 Ibrahim Usman (NRM)6,229 Moses Ayibiowu (NUP) 5,323 Felix Nicolas (PCP) 110,196 Abubakar Atiku (PDP) 11,262,978 Ameh Peter (PPA) 21,822 Victor Okhai (PPC) 8,979 Major Hamza AI Mustafa (PPN) 4,622 Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim (PT) 2,613 Israel Davidson (RAP) 2,972 Osuala Kennedy (RNBP)-1,792 Nsehe Nseobong (RP) 2,388 Donald Duke (SDP) 34,746 Da-Silva Ayo (SNC) 28,680 Ahmed Buhari (SNP) 3,941 Balogun Ishola (UDP) 3,170 Mark Audu (UP) 1,561 lnwa Sakil (UPN) 1,631 Nwangwu Peter (WTPN) 732 Ali Soyode (YES) 2,394 Moghalu Kingsley (YPP) 21,886 Registered Voters was 82,344, 107, Accredited voters 29,364,209 Total votes cast 28,614,190 Total valid votes 27,324,583 Tejected votes 1,289,607 (NAN)

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