2018 was the year of more political parties registration, voters card registration, and collection and the year of party campaigns coupled with preparation for the next General elections.
2019, on the other hand, is the year of Presidential election and other election contests.
Who Won the 2019 Presidential Election Contest?
Straight to the Point, President Muhamadu Buhari under the umbrella of All Progressives Congress APC, won the 2019 Presidential elections and was announced the winner on February 27th 2019.
You should read the acceptance and victory speech of President Muhammadu Buhari here after he was declared winner.
But how did he stand in all the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT, against Atiku Abubakar from the People’s Democratic Party?
That’s what we’ve got for you in this post. Here’s a quick profile look of the two strongest contestants among all contestants in the election.
Muhammadu Buhari of the APC
- Born in 1942 to a Muslim family in northern Katsina state
- Former soldier and led military regime in 1980s, remembered for strictness
- Tardy civil servants had to perform frog jumps in public
- Won 2015 presidential election, the first opposition candidate to defeat an incumbent, with a promise to beat corruption and Boko Haram insurgents
- After a long absence from illness, had to deny rumors that he had been replaced in public by a lookalike
- Has been given all sort of names like #babaGoSlow, #Saibaba
- On the fun side, he has been said to call youths LazyNigerianYouths, and many claimed he said his wife belongs to the kitchen
- He is known for his integrity and determined to move Nigeria forward
Atiku Abubakar of the PDP
- Born in 1946 in the northern state of Adamawa
- Co-owner of multi-national oil services company that started life in a Lagos shipping container
- Oversaw privatizations during two terms as vice-president.
- Fought against corruption charges, describing them as politically motivated
- Founded American University which gave scholarships to some of the “Chibok girls” that survived Boko Haram kidnapping
- His father, a devout Muslim, was briefly jailed for trying to stop him from attending a Western-style school
After the electoral collation process which took several days ended on Tuesday night, February 26, 2019, President Buhari crossed the 15 million mark in votes scored in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
Muhammadu Buhari polled a total of 15,191,847 votes, winning in 19 out of the 36 states.
His main challenger Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party scored a total of 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 Independent Electoral Commission, 29,364,209 votes were cast out of which 27,324,583 were valid while 1,289,607 votes were rejected.
Here’s a quick graphical representation of the 2019 presidential election results and quick data overview of 91 parties in Nigeria involved, number of voters, all 36 states, 774 local governments and the percentage of various categories.
So far, Atiku Abubakar has struggled to be on the list of all Nigerian presidents from 1960.
2019 Election Results Summary
What did you think of this outcome?
- 51% of the electorate under the age of 35
- 73 registered presidential candidates
- 120,000 polling stations
With registered voters of 82,344,107 at huge variance with Accredited voters of 29364,209 and Total valid votes of 27,324,583, do you think something could have changed the outcome?
Let’s have your comments in the box provided below.