The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday presented Certificate of Return to the president-elect and winner of the just concluded presidential election, President Muhammadu Buhari.
The INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, also presented a Certificate of Return to the vice-president-elect, Yemi Osinbajo, at the International Conference Center in Abuja.
DD earlier reported that the INEC chairman said that the President and his vice would receive their certificates of return after declaring the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as President-elect, following final collation of results in the early hours of Wednesday.
Yakubu said: “Ladies and gentlemen, in fulfilment of the electoral act which says that a certificate of return shall be issued not less than seven days to the declaration of the winner, I hereby announce that the certificate of return will be issued to the President-elect and Vice President-elect at 2 pm today in this very hall.”
Buhari defeated the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, to emerge winner in the keenly contested poll.
Announcing the final results of the election on Wednesday, Yakubu said Buhari polled a total of 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest rival, who polled 11,262,978.
From start, Buhari proved to be the man to beat, leading all other candidates and ending with a wide margin of almost four million votes ahead of Atiku, and drawing his largest block of votes from the core Northern states.
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