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Watch Buhari's reaction to his election victory (VIDEO)

BY: graphic.com.gh
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was calm when the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, declared him the winner of the Nigerian Presidential Elections.

Buhari, the candidate of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) defeated his closest challenger, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) with a vote differential of 3,928,869.

Buhari polled 15, 191,847 votes to Atiku’s 11,262,978 tally.

At about 4:35 am of Wednesday, February 27, 2019, Nigeria's Electoral Commission boss, Mahmood Yakubu, officially declared Buhari winner of the election.

“Having secured the highest number of votes (Buhari) is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected”, Yakubu said as Buhari watched passively from a sofa.

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Who is Buhari?

A former soldier, Mr Buhari led a military regime for 20 months in the 1980s and was first elected president in 2015, becoming the first opposition candidate to defeat an incumbent and win the presidency.

His record in office is mixed. Mr Buhari's critics say that the very attributes that won over voters four years ago - his strictness and inflexibility - have emerged as liabilities. They accuse him of autocratic leanings as well as a disastrous tendency towards inaction.

Mr Buhari's supporters can argue that he has largely delivered on campaign pledges such as tackling corruption and cracking down on Boko Haram. But they may struggle to point to concrete achievements in other fields, such as fixing the economy.