Abuja, Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to his victory at the just concluded presidential election.
He said he was humbled by the support of the electorate who came out to vote for him during the poll which held on Saturday last week.
The President addressed supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday at the presidential campaign secretariat in Abuja.
He thanked Nigerians for giving him another opportunity to continue serving the nation and promised to do his best to take the nation to the next level of development.
“First and foremost, I give thanks to God,” President Buhari said. “I thank the millions of Nigerians who voted to re-elect me for the next four years.”
He added, “I feel so humbled for the trust vested in me in making me worthy of continuing to serve you.”
The President further appealed for the cooperation of well-meaning Nigerians across the country in the task of nation-building.
President Buhari polled a total of 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest rival and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, who scored 11,262,978 votes.
He won the majority vote in 19 states while Atiku won in 17 states, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The President’s victory came amid protest by the main opposition party against what it described as lack of level playing field in the run-up to the poll.
In 2015, Buhari earned 15,424,921 votes to beat the then incumbent Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP party who had 12,853,162 votes, becoming the first challenger to unseat a president.
The president’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, tweeted pictures of Buhari relaxed on a couch watching news of the election results Tuesday night.
However, the People’s Democratic Party rejected the results, demanding that the announcement be delayed claiming vote manipulation.
“The PDP demands the immediate discontinuation of the announcement until data from the use of card readers are made available,” PDP deputy director-general and Abubakar’s campaign organization Kabiru Turaki said Tuesday.
Only 35 percent of registered voters made it to the 119,973 polling stations Feb. 23, an election day that was overshadowed by violence as at least 39 people were killed across the country that resulted in a delay to vote-counting, the New York Times reported.
Most of the violence occurred in the opposition-stronghold south where the election was tight.
Voter turnout in the most populous country in Africa was the lowest it had been in 20 years.
See the breakdown of states won and the number of votes garnered in the election below:
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