Updated: February 28, 2021
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been re-elected, defeating former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
“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,” Buhari said after the electoral body declared him winner.
“In particular, 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,” he added.
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In results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mr Buhari beat Mr Abubakar with over 3 million votes.
Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the chief returning officer for the presidential election in Nigeria said “Muhammadu Buhari of the APC, having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected”.
Buhari scored 15, 191,847 votes while Atiku scored 11, 262, 978 votes, INEC said.
The opposition People’s Democratic Party had already rejected the results, citing massive rigging.