Nigeria: Buhari Re-elected To 2nd Term

Abuja, Nigeria – February 26, 2019: Nigeria’s incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party has been declared the winner of the February 23  Presidential election.

Map of Nigeria
Map of Nigeria

The country’s Independent National Electoral Commission  announced the final results on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

The main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, is already rejecting the officials results and is calling the vote count to be stopped following unconfirmed allegations of electoral irregularities across Nigeria during polling over the weekend.

The vote margin was a little under four million with Buhari’s All Progressives Congress taking 19 of 36 States. The BBC reports that turn out was the lowest in 20 years with only a 35% turnout of registered voters.

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Former Nigeria President Endorses Opposition Candidate

Nigeria’s former ruler Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday backed his ex deputy to beat incumbent Muhammadu Buhari in elections next year, in a cautious endorsement after a years-long feud.

Atiku Abubakar, who is referred to across Nigeria by his first name, was Obasanjo’s deputy from the return of civilian rule in 1999 until 2007.

Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar
Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar

Their relationship soured over Obasanjo’s bid to change the constitution to allow him to seek a third term of office, and Abubakar’s desire to replace him as head of state.

But in an apparent rapprochement, the AFP reports that ageing pair met in Obasanjo’s home town of Abeokuta, in southwest Nigeria, less than a week after Abubakar won the nomination to run against Buhari for the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).    mp;amp;lt;a href=”https://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/jump?iu=0&sz=1&c=234″ target=”_blank”><img src=”https://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/ad?iu=0&sz=1&c=234″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>

“You have the capacity to perform better than the incumbent,” Obasanjo told Abubakar, describing him as “president-to-be”.

“You surely understand the economy better, you have business experience, which can make your administration business-friendly and boost the economy and provide jobs.”

Towards the end of Obasanjo’s time as president, the pair traded accusations and counter-accusations, supported by documents purportedly showing massive corruption on both sides.

But on Thursday, Obasanjo said the pair had “reviewed what went wrong” and he had accepted Abubakar’s “remorse” and his request for “forgiveness”.

“I forgive and I sincerely advise you to learn from the past and do what is right and it will be well with you,” he added.

Former President Obasanjo Confirms He Has Forgiven Former VP Atiku-Abubakar
Former President Obasanjo Confirms He Has Forgiven Former VP Atiku-Abubakar

Obasanjo, 81, is a former military ruler like Buhari but the pair have not been on good terms and in January this year he said the president should not stand for a second term.

Before the last election in 2015, Obasanjo also fell out with the then-president Goodluck Jonathan and famously ripped up his PDP membership card.

He claimed Jonathan was trying to stay in power “by hook or by crook”, questioned his fitness to govern and said he was surrounded by corrupt cronies and “greedy hangers-on”.

Abubakar’s victory in the PDP presidential primary on Sunday comes at the fourth time of asking.

But questions about the 71-year-old’s business interests and repeat allegations of corruption – which he has denied – could potentially harm his ambitions in a country fed up with graft.

Source: AFP