REUTERS/AFP – Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari (L) and his opponent Atiku Abubakar cast their ballots

Abuja, Nigeria – Muhammadu Buhari has secured a second term as Nigeria’s president, according to official results released by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The incumbent, Buhari, won 56 percent of of the votes, compared with 41 percent for his closest rival Atiku Abubakar, from  the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Following the electoral commission’s announcement, Abubakar rejected the result as “the implementation of grand theft of the people’s will” and said next steps would be revealed shortly.

Rejecting the outcome, Abubakar said he would have conceded “within seconds” if the vote had been free and fair. One obvious red flag, he said, was that states in the northeast ravaged by attacks by armed groups generated much higher voter turnouts than peaceful states.

Boladele Adekoya, PDP spokesman, said evidence for the legal challenge was being compiled for submission to the presidential election tribunal, set up by the Supreme Court.

Buhari becomes only the second person to secure two consecutive terms, the first was Olusegun Obasanjo who won two terms (1999 – 2007).

(Source: News)