The 2019 presidential election has come and gone, with President Muhammadu Buhari emerging as the winner, according to the declaration by the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, on Tuesday, February 27.
Legit.ng, in this piece, presents some key statistics on Nigerians' voting patterns during the presidential election.
1. Only 34.75% of registered voters participated in the 2019 presidential election
Only 34.75% of registered voters actually voted in the just concluded presidential elections, according data released by INEC. The percentage represents 28,614,190 people who cast their votes during the elections.
This is 0.91% less than the total number of accredited voters who make up a total 35.66% (29,364,209) of total registered voters.
2. The number of valid votes
Just 33.18% (27,324,583) of the 82,344,107 registered voters were valid votes that led to the final decision.
3. President Buhari's total votes
President Buhari polled 55.6% or 15,191,847 votes of the total votes cast to win, leaving his rival,
4. Atiku's total votes
Atiku polled 41.22% or 11,262,978 votes, emerging as the closest rival to President Buhari.
5. Kano has the highest number of votes cast
Kano state had the highest number of votes cast – 1,964,751 and 1,891,134 valid votes
6. Jigawa has the highest rate of voter turnout
Jigawa had the highest rate of voter turnout with 55.67% (1,171,801) of its registered voters showing up for accreditation.
About 52.55% of its registered voters had valid votes. This was followed by Katsina state with 48.45% (1,555,473) and Sokoto state with 46% or 871,891 valid voters.
7. Lagos state leads the states with the lowest voter turnout
Lagos state led the states with the lowest voter turnout of 17.25% (1,089,567), followed by Abia with 18% or 323,291 votes and Rivers with 19.97% (642,165) valid voters.
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Meanwhile, the British prime minister, Theresa May, has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on the outcome of the just concluded 2019 presidential election that made him accomplish his second term bid in office.
May sent the congratulatory message to President Buhari in a tweet posted on her Twitter handle, @10DowningStreet, on Wednesday, February 27.
According to the UK prime minister, she witnessed first-hand the importance of the UK-Nigeria relationship during her trip last year.
She said she looked forward to continuing the close partnership and strengthening the shared prosperity and security.
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