Today, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has officially announced the winner of 2019 presidential election. The incumbent from the All Progressives Congress (APC), president Buhari was declared the winner of 2019 contest, defeating Atiku Abubakar of the PDP with over three (3) million votes to retain his seat.
Yakubu Mahmood stated that the duty of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is to conclude and collate the presidential election result for final declaration. According to him, the issue of accredited voters not adding up to the number of voters said affected less than two 2% of the voters, thus does not affect the general conclusion. He, therefore, said in Akwa Ibom and Yobe the numbers add up. Is not a matter of law following the request of opening of the commission’s backend for verification and cross-checking of voters, the discussion can be continued after the process.
Chidoka Osita who represented the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said there was a discrepancy of more than 1,600, 000 voters in terms of registered voters. He maintained that the cancelled votes affected more than two (2), million voters. He claimed there were 5.1 million votes that cannot be accounted for, therefore, called for a rerun.
Yakubu, in his response, said that the 5.1 million voters could not vote because of card readers is false. Votes will be cancelled if the card readers are deliberately circumvented.
Yakubu Mahmood announced that president Muhammadu Buhari of the APC got a total of 15, 191, 847 votes. While Abubakar Atiku of the PDP got a total of 11, 262, 978 votes.
Rejected votes 1, 289, 607
Total valid votes – 2, 732, 4583
Total votes cast – 2, 861, 4190
Yakubu who maintained that he has performed his role as the returning officer, thus, listed all the names of the presidential candidates and total votes scored.
Finally, declared Muhammadu Buhari the winner of 2019 presidential election and returned elected.