The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Nigeria has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari has won the country’s Presidential elections, securing a second term in office.
Buhari won 56% of the vote, INEC announced early Wednesday, to brush aside his closest challenger, Atiku Abubakar, who received 41% of the vote.
The Chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, made the declaration earlier today.
“Muhammadu Buhari … is hereby declared winner,” Yakubu said.
The opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had alleged electoral fraud throughout the chaotic process, and held a press conference Monday in which they rejected the results being released at the time.
Despite their reservations, the INEC announced the results and declared Buhari winner of a second term.
The All People’s Congress (APC) leader first won elections to head Nigeria in 2015. His win was heralded as a much-needed change for Nigeria at the time but has since been plagued with numerous corruption scandals as well as concern over his health.
Nevertheless, he seems to have secured another four-year term to lead the oil-rich West African nation.