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Heavy security presence in Abuja as loyalists celebrate Buhari’s win

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A supporters dances to celebrate party victory and candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) President Muhammadu Buhari after being re-elected in Abuja, Nigeria on February 26, 2019. – Nigeria’s electoral commission has declared incumbent Muhammadu Buhari the winner of the country’s presidential elections. It was announced in the early hours of Wednesday. The 76-year-old has won a second four-year term as President of Nigeria. (Photo by KOLA SULAIMON / AFP)

There was tension in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), yesterday, as President Muhammadu Buhari’s supporters went wild with jubilation after he received the certificate of return for a second term.

According to results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) got 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest rival, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 11,262,978.

With the results, INEC declared Buhari winner, but Atiku rejected the results in a world press conference yesterday.

Various parts of the nation’s capital, especially Nyanya, Lugbe, Mpape and Kubwa suburbs, as well as parts of Wuse, Jabi and Garki districts witnessed jubilant crowds that chanted “Sai Baba, Sai Buhari”.

The supporters took over the busy Umaru Yar’Adua road, carrying sticks and disrupting vehicular traffic, just as they forced passersby to shout “Sai Buhari”. Vehicles’ windshields were smashed during the jubilation.

The APC supporters were also seen pulling stunts on motorcycles, while some took over pedestrian bridges.

Armed policemen, soldiers and civil defence were noticed around the aforementioned locations with armoured vehicles.

In the same vein, Accord Party (AP) governorship candidate in Rivers, Dumo Lulu-Briggs, has congratulated Buhari for his victory in the presidential election held on Saturday, describing the victory as a statement of faith in the president’s credibility by Nigerians.

He stated yesterday in Abuja that AP in Rivers, in conjunction with other political stakeholders, mobilised votes for Buhari in the election.

He urged Buhari to continue with his good strides in the area of infrastructure and prudent management of the nation’s resources, adding that his government remains the best deal for Nigerians.

Meanwhile, with the PDP in Bayelsa State calling for cancellation of elections in some wards in Nembe and Southern Ijaw councils, the AP senatorial candidate in Bayelsa West, Owoupele Eneoriekumoh, has threatened to challenge PDP’s victory in his constituency.

Eneoriekumoh called for the cancellation of the National Assembly election for Bayelsa West won by former Commissioner for Works, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

The former commissioner was adjudged to be the winner of the hotly contested election after he defeated the candidates of APC, AP and others.

But Eneoriekumoh, while addressing journalists in Yenagoa, the state capital, described the electoral process as a sham and subversion of the will of the people of the area.

Noting that the party strongly condemned the entire electoral process, he said the election was characterised by malpractices and outright intimidation of candidates by majority of the parties.

He vowed to challenge the poll result at the electoral tribunal that would be sitting soon in Yenagoa.


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