Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili
The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared President Muhammadu Buhari winner of Saturday’s presidential election.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, while announcing the results early on Wednesday in Abuja said Buhari of the All Progressives Congress polled 15,191,847 votes to defeat his main challenger, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party who scored 11,255,978 votes.
Also in the results announced, the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria polled a total of 7, 223 votes.
The presidential candidate of the party and a former Minister of Education, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili, had earlier announced her withdrawal from the presidential race, citing lack of support for her vision by the party leadership.
The party leadership headed by Alhaji Abdul-Ganiyu Galadima immediately refuted Ezekwesili’s claims, saying that the former minister was rather pursuing a personal agenda and was never serious about her ambition.
INEC had also said Ezewkwesili’s withdrawal had come too late and that it was not possible for the commission to substitute her name on the presidential list.
In spite of that, Ezekwesili did not reverse her decision as she suspended all her campaign activities.
A total of 73 candidates contested the 2019 presidential election which held on Saturday, February 23, 2019.