Muhammadu Buhari, the incumbent president of Nigeria has won the most votes and has been announced winner of the 2019 Presidential Election amidst accusations from the opposition challenging the credibility and transparency of the Elections.
It was good news that his supporters in the crowd erupted, cheering and dancing. However supporters of his main challenger, Atiku Abubakar are feeling dejected, robbed or shortchanged. “Our votes didn’t count,” said Ibrahim Umar, one such supporter.
On February 27th Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (inec) announced that Mr Buhari had won a second term, with 56% of the vote. His victory this time will not generate the same euphoria it did in 2015. The former general, who ruled briefly as the country’s military dictator after a coup in the 1980s, has struggled to fulfill many of the campaign promises he made four years ago. Mr Abubakar’s People’s Democratic Party (pdp) claims the results were rigged. In a sign of growing voter apathy, turnout, which languished at 44% in 2015, fell to 36% this time.
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