Nigerians Gear Up For "Next Level"

President Muhammadu Buhari's Re-election Generates Mixed Reactions

by Jerry Chiemeke

Nigerians Gear Up For "Next Level"

President Muhammadu Buhari has secured a second four-year term in office, judging from the collation of final results from the general elections held on Saturday February 23.

Buhari, who first came to power in 2015 after defeating then-incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, defeated his main challenger Atiku Abubakar by a margin of over four million votes in results announced by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja.

Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) claimed 15,191,847 (56%) while Abubakar received 11,262,978 (41%) of votes in the weekend election, according to the Commission, which finished counting state-by-state results in the late hours of Tuesday February 26.

"The new administration will intensify its efforts in security, restructuring the economy and fighting corruption," President Buhari said after his victory was officially announced.

The opposing People's Democratic Party (PDP) rejected the results and called for fresh elections in some parts of the country where they alleged over-voting, election-related violence and other irregularities.

"We demand the immediate and outright cancellation of presidential election results in Yobe, Zamfara, Nasarawa and Borno states as submitted by INEC presiding officers and ask for the conduct of fresh elections in these states," PDP spokesman Tanimu Turaki said in the wake of the announcement of the final results.

Atiku is expected to challenge the results at the election tribunal, while Buhari would be coming to terms with another four years of accountability to the Nigerian citizenry. The electorate would anticipate significant improvement in the areas of security, economy and transportation as the incumbent is set to be held to his campaign promises.

Buhari won in 19 of the 36 states, with Atiku gaining the upper hand in 17 states and in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.