Despite her pulling out of the presidential election held 23rd February across Nigeria, candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili polled a total of 7,223 votes.
Ezekwesili, former Minister of Education was the candidate of the ACPN but pulled out of the rce shorly before the election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Wednesday morning declared the full results after three days of rigorous exercise at the national collation centre, Abuja.
After the entire exercise, incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari emerged winner, winning in 19 states and polling a total of over 15,191,847 votes. Next to Buhari is the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 11, 255,978 votes.
INEC Chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu in his announcement however stated that the certificates of return would be presented to the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari and the Vice President-elect, Professor Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja by 2pm.
It is not certain if the opposition PDP would challenge the results of the election in court but some analysts have advised the opposition to move on and contribute to development of the nation.
Other known names on the result sheet include:
Obadiah Mailafia ADC – 97,874
Yusufu Yabagi ADP – 54,930
Donald Duke SDP- 34,746
Omoyele Sowore- -AAC-33,953
Kingsley Moghalu YPP- 21,886
Durotoye Adetokunbo Olufela ANN -16,779
Hamza Al-Mustapha P PN 4,622
Okotie Christopher FRESH 4,554
According to INEC, a total of 82, 344,107 voters registered for the election out of which 29,364,209 voters were accredited. Total vote cast were 28,614,190 out of which 27,324,583 were valid and rejected votes were put at 1,289,607.
The next leg of the election is the governorship and state house of assembly elections coming up on the 9th of March across Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari has therefore secured the mandate of Nigerians to stir the ship of state for another four years and expectations are high on the delivery of democracy dividends especially in repositioning the economy and strengthening the security of the nation against insurgency.