President Muhammadu Buhari exuded calm and displayed no discernible emotion when the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, declared him winner of the February 23, 2019 presidential vote.
Buhari of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) defeated his major challenger, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) with a vote differential of 3,928,869.
Buhari polled 15, 191,847 votes to Atiku’s 11,262,978 tally.
At about 4:35am of Wednesday, February 27, 2019, electoral commission boss, Yakubu, officially declared Buhari winner of the election, hours after the media had called the vote for the incumbent.
“Having secured the highest number of votes (Buhari) is hereby declared winner and is returned elected”, Yakubu said as Buhari watched passively from a pristine sofa in his apartment.
— Pulse Nigeria (@PulseNigeria247) February 27, 2019