President Muhammadu Buhari is set to be re-elected to lead Africa’s most populous country for an additional four years.
At the end of collation on Tuesday night, February 26, President Buhari crossed the 15 million mark in votes scored in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
He polled 15,191,847 votes, winning in 19 out of the 36 states.
His main challenger Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party scored 11, 255,978 votes and won 17 states and Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Buhari also satisfied the constitutional requirement of making 25% in 34 states and the FCT.
He missed the cut in Enugu and Anambra.
According to the electoral commission, 29,364,209 votes were cast out of which 27,324,583 were valid while 1,289,607 votes were rejected.
In summary, this is how Nigerians voted:
Meanwhile, Observer group, YIAGA Africa, had earlier projected that there would be no run-off when the final results of the presidential election is announced.
The group made the projection during a press briefing on Monday, February 25 addressed by the chairman of its Watching The Vote Working Group, Dr. Hussaini Abdu.
Dr Abdu said its projection is based on what the group received and processed its data from the sampled polling units.
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His words: “YIAGA Africa’s preliminary estimates indicate that turnout for the February 23 presidential elections will be between 36% and 40% based on official turnout figures collected from the PVT’s representative statistical sample of polling units across the 774 LGAs in the country.
“If INEC’s official turnout falls within WTV’s estimated range then it accurately reflects the ballots cast at polling units.
“Although YIAGA Africa currently has a stable estimated range for the election outcome, it is the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that has the mandate to announce results.
“However, based on currently received observer reports, there will be no run-off for the presidential elections because a clear winner will emerge. YIAGA AFRICA’s PVT shows that no candidate will receive more than 55% of the vote share.”
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