Published: Fri, March 01, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Second term! Buhari secures re-election as Nigeria president

Second term! Buhari secures re-election as Nigeria president

In 2015, Mr Buhari polled a total of 15,416,221 votes to defeat the then incumbent and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, President Goodluck Jonathan, who got 12,853,162 votes.

Nigerians have taken to social media to react to the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

This comes as Atiku rejected the results, blaming INEC for "inconsistencies" and colluding with the APC to deny the will of the people.

Delays and violence marred the run-up to Saturday's poll but no independent observer has cited electoral fraud.

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"The new administration will intensify its efforts in security, restructuring the economy and fighting corruption", Mr Buhari said after his victory was officially announced. The president won by 3.9 million votes, having garnered 15.2 million to Atiku's 11.3 million.

President Buhari, 76, will return to office amid a rising unemployment rate that has rendered over 20 million Nigerians jobless and 8.7 million fresh graduates idle.

This means Buhari has satisfied the requirement of the law, which states that to be declared president, a candidate must have a majority of votes cast nationwide and at least 25 per cent of votes cast in two-thirds of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. Mr Buhari's critics say that the very attributes that won over voters four years ago - his strictness and inflexibility - have emerged as liabilities.

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