Nigeria’s Muhuammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, has come out a winner in the presidential elections. However, his adversary, Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party has vowed to appeal the results in court.
Results were officially posted on the twitter feed of the Independent National Electoral Commissio (INEC), just before midnight.
A few hours later, the head of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, officially declared Buhari to be the winner of this year’s presidential poll.
Buhari came in a winner with 15,191,847 votes in 19 out of 36 states, with Atiku coming in with 11,262,978 votes.
The head of the PDP, following through on his initial vow to appeal the result if it was in favour of Buhari, wrote under the statement of INEC “We will meet in court. Justice Must Prevail.”
The voting process itself, although delayed by a week for logistical reasons, was considered by observers to be comparatively smoother and more peaceful than previous elections.
However, there were incidents of vote-buying, from both major parties, the PDP and the APC as indicated by one election observer to RFI.
While not a new phenomenon in elections, Abiodun Ajijola, the national coordinator of Election Monitor, a local observer, adds that the difference “with what we saw in this one, from what we’ve seen in previous elections, is that it was concealed, in that most of the money was not shared anywhere near the polling unit”.
Ballot box snatching was also an issue, with boxes have been destroyed at the polling station in certain areas by thugs, such as in Lagos, noted Ajijola.