(27 Feb 2019) Nigeria’s president was declared the clear winner of a second time period in Africa’s largest democracy early on Wednesday, after a marketing campaign by which he urged voters to offer him one other probability to deal with gaping corruption, widespread insecurity and an financial system limping again from a uncommon recession.
Whereas many pissed off Nigerians had mentioned they wished to offer somebody new a attempt, President Muhammadu Buhari, a former navy dictator, profited from his upright status in an oil-rich nation weary of politicians enriching themselves as a substitute of the folks.
Residents within the northern metropolis of Kano took to the streets to bounce in help of Buhari’s victory.
“He’s a person of integrity,” mentioned a Buhari supporter, Mohammed Aliyu. “He’s the one chief in Nigeria at the moment that doesn’t accumulate wealth, and that Is why the plenty listed here are supporting him.”
Prime opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar, a billionaire former vp who made sweeping marketing campaign guarantees to “make Nigeria work once more,” rapidly rejected the results of what he referred to as a “sham election” and mentioned he would problem it in courtroom.
Buhari acquired 15.1 million votes, or 55 p.c, the electoral fee mentioned in making its official declaration. Abubakar acquired 11.2 million, or 41 p.c. The typical nationwide turnout was 35.6 p.c, persevering with a downward pattern.
“The rigging was so apparent,” mentioned one Abubakar supporter in Kano, John Orerere. However a civil rights activist, Musa Babn Iya, asserted that Nigerians weren’t all in favour of going to courtroom however as a substitute have been desirous about “how you can get out of this hardship” of merely getting by.
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