76-year-old Energetic Buhari floors rivals to retain the Nigerian throne

At 76 years, the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is still energetic and rivals can’t floor him! President Buhari has been re-elected for a second four-year term, final results from Saturday’s general election show.

The 76-year-old defeated his main rival, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, with a margin of just under four million votes.

Mr Abubakar’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the result.

Delays and violence marred the run-up to the poll but no independent observer has cited electoral fraud.

Mr Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) won in 19 of the 36 states while the PDP was victorious in 17 states and in the capital, Abuja, according to the electoral commission (Inec).

Turnout was just below 35% of registered voters. The commission will make a formal declaration on Wednesday.

Some supporters of Mr Buhari took to the streets late on Tuesday in celebration.

The announcing of Nigeria’s election result dragged on through its second day as the paperwork came in from around the country. But as Tuesday night wore on, the outcome became more apparent, with President Buhari securing 15 million votes.

Initial results indicated high voter turnouts in the north, from where Mr Buhari has received the bulk of his votes. But the national turnout figures look to have been the lowest since the country’s return to democracy 20 years ago.

The opposition PDP alleges some figures were incorrect but the ruling APC dismissed these claims.

Nigeria’s electoral commission will review any alleged discrepancies before announcing the final results and declaring the winner.

What are the main issues?

Africa’s most populous nation and the largest economy faces a range of problems including power shortages, corruption, security threats, and an economic slowdown.

Nigeria is Africa’s leading oil producer but corruption and a failure to invest the proceeds from the industry have hampered development.

A slow recovery from a recession in 2016 means there are not enough jobs for a large number of young people joining the employment market. About a quarter of the working age population is unemployed.

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