President Muhammadu Buhari Thanks Nigerians For Re-Election

by Bamidele Ogunberu Posted on February 27th, 2019

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:


STATES AAC ANN APC PDP YPP
1)ABIA 212 88 85,058 219,698 720
2)ADAMAWA 282 162 378,078 410,266 109
3)AKWA IBOM 222 95 175,429 395,832 118
4)ANAMBRA 124 45 33,298 524,738 4,091
5)BAUCHI 183 46 798,428 209,313 112
6)BAYELSA 126 37 118,821 197,933 50
7)BENUE 309 201 347,668 356,817 557
8)BORNO 269 29 836,496 71,788 78
9)CROSS RIVER 242 88 117,302 295,737 217
10)DELTA 1,626 320 221,292 594,068 497
11)EBONYI 205 683 90,726 258,573 192
12)EDO 3,106 273 267,842 275,691 531
13)EKITI 400 88 219,231 154,032 68
14)ENUGU 219 141 54,423 355,553 1,379
15)GOMBE 165 78 402,961 138,484 39
16)IMO 467 119 140,463 334,923 676
17)JIGAWA 226 66 794,738 289,895 67
18)KADUNA 243 261 993,445 649,612 196
19)KANO 416 114 1,464,768 391,593 200
20)KATSINA 186 82 1,232,133 308,056 61
21)KEBBI 276 99 581,552 154,282 53
22)KOGI 250 89 285,894 218,207 87
23)KWARA 401 422 308,984 138,184 140
24)LAGOS 8,910 6,946 580,825 448,015 5,733
25)NASARAWA 75 45 289,903 283,847 44
26)NIGER 324 145 612,371 218,052 113
27)OGUN 3,196 1,509 281,762 194,655 553
28)ONDO 4,414 311 241,769 275,901 1,224
29)OSUN 1,022 268 347,634 337,377 189
30)OYO 4,014 1,896 365,229 366,690 1,608
31)PLATEAU 268 796 468,555 548,665 442
32)RIVERS 372 365 150,710 473,971 415
33)SOKOTO 181 124 490,333 361,604 84
34)TARABA 116 35 324,906 374,743 80
35)YOBE 137 37 497,914 50,763 36
36)ZAMFARA 186 24 438,682 125,423 44
37)FCT 583 652 152,224 259,997 1,083
TOTAL VOTES 33,953 16,779 15,191,847 11,262,978 21,886

SN PARTY TOTAL VOTES POLLED
1 A 19,209
2 AA 14,380
3 AAC 33,953
4 AAP 8,902
5 ABP 4,523
6 ACD 11,325
7 ACPN 7,223
8 ADC 97,874
9 ADP 54,930
10 AGA 4,689
11 AGAP 3,071
12 ANDP 3,104
13 ANN 16,779
14 ANP 3,586
15 ANRP 4,340
16 APA 36,866
17 APC 15,191,847
18 APDA 26,558
19 APGA 66,851
20 APM 26,039
21 APP 3,585
22 ASD 2,146
23 AUN 1,092
24 BNPP 1,649
25 CAP 1,111
26 CC 2,391
27 CNP 1,874
28 DA 2,769
29 DPC 5,242
30 DPP 14,483
31 FRESH 4,554
32 FJP 4,174
33 GDPN 41,852
34 GPN 4,924
35 HDP 1,663
36 ID 1,845
37 JMPP 1,853
38 KP 1,911
39 LM 1,438
40 LP 5,074
41 MAJA 2,651
42 MMN 14,540
43 MPN 2,752
44 MPN 2,752
45 NAC 2,279
46 NCMP 1,378
47 NCP 3,799
48 NDCP 1,192
49 NDLP 1,588
50 NEPP 1,524
51 NFD 4,096
52 NIP 2,248
53 NNPP 6,111
54 NPC 10,081
55 NRM 6,229
56 NUP 5,323
57 PCP 110,196
58 PDP 11,262,978
59 PPA 21,822
60 PPC 8,979
61 PPN 4,622
62 PT 2,613
63 RAP 2,972
64 RBNP 1,792
65 RP 2,388
66 SDP 34,746
67 SNC 28,680
68 SNP 3,941
69 UDP 3,970
70 UP 1,561
71 UPN 1,631
72 WTPN 732
73 YES 2,394
74 YPP 21,886

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