The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, as the winner of the Saturday, February 25, presidential election.
The Chairman of the Commission, Mahmood Yakubu, who announced the final result at exactly 4.10 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, said after days of collation of results from across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Tinubu polled a total of 8,794, 726 votes.
His closest rival, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, scored 6, 984, 520 votes while Labour Party’s Peter Obi secured 6, 101, 533 votes to come third.
Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), has 1,496,687 votes.
The announcement comes after several political parties, including the PDP and LP staged a protest as collation of results began, arguing that there was widespread rigging across the country.
There were also a number of cases of ballot box snatching and destruction, attacks on voters, and non availability of INEC officers in some polling units.
The biggest issue with the election, according to Nigerians on social media, is that the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), which was supposed to be used to upload results straight from the polling units, failed to do so. Many Nigerians reported the device showing “Server Error”.
As at press time, only 128,542 of the 176,846 polling unit results have been uploaded, almost four days after the election, with Nigerians stating that what was uploaded was different from the actual results from their polling units.
Watch Tinubu’s full acceptance speech here.