The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmood Yakubu, in the early hours of today, declared President Buhari the winner of the election and returned him as duly elected. Mr. Mahmood said the certificate of return would be issued to Mr. Buhari today. Mr. Buhari won the election after polling 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest rival and former vice president, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party. Mr. Abubakar, who served as vice president between 1999 and 2007, polled 11,262,978 votes to finish as runner-up.
After he was declared the winner of the 2019 presidential election, President Muhammadu Buhari delivered an acceptance speech at the Abuja headquarters of the presidential campaign council. Here is the major points he made:
- I thank the millions of Nigerians who voted to re-elect me as your president for the next four years. I am deeply humbled and profoundly grateful to you for judging me worthy of continuing to serve you and for your peaceful conduct.
- I would like to thank Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for his masterful leadership as Co-chair of the Campaign Council. I would like to also thank the Party Chairman Adams Oshiomhole, the Director General of the Campaign Council Rotimi Amaechi, all members of the Presidential Campaign Council and other various Support Groups
- Although Saturday’s elections were relatively peaceful, troublemakers in a handful of states attempted to disrupt an otherwise orderly process. Security agencies will bring to justice all those arrested in the process.
- The new Administration will intensify its efforts in Security, Restructuring the Economy and Fighting Corruption. We have laid down the foundation and we are committed to seeing matters to the end. We will strive to strengthen our unity and inclusiveness so that no section or group will feel left behind or left out.
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