Buhari reelected as Nigeria’s president: electoral commission

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Buhari reelected as Nigeria’s president: electoral commission
Buhari. 76, was the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress party [Luc Gnago/Reuters]
Buhari. 76, was the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress party [Luc Gnago/Reuters]

Nigeria‘s electoral commission has declared incumbent Muhammadu Buhari the winner of the country’s presidential elections.

The announcement in the early hours of Wednesday means the 76-year-old has won a second four-year term at the helm of Africa’s largest economy and most populous country.

“Muhammadu Buhari … is hereby declared winner,” Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, said.

Buhari defeated the main opposition party candidate Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president, in the polls, held on February 23, after a last-minute postponement a week before. 

Voting was marked by hours-long delays and deadly violence that observers said kept some people away from the polls.

More to follow…

SOURCE:
Al Jazeera and news agencies

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