As results for every state in were announced on Tuesday 26th february 2019, Incumbent Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari maintained a lead over his top contender Atiku Abubakar in the race to become Nigeria’s next president.
Buhari, 76, who is seeking a second term, won 19 states, including Kano, Katsina, Kaduna and Jigawa in his home region of northwest.
He also won in Kwara, Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger states in northcentral and in southwestern states of Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti, Osun and Ogun.
Buhari also won in northeastern states of Gombe, Borno, Bauchi and Yobe.
Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party had a clean sweep of southeast and south-south states. He also won in his home state, Adamawa, in northeast.
The results from the Independent National Electoral Commission collation centre in Abuja on Tuesday night showed that Buhari polled a total of 15, 191, 847 votes while Abubakar, with wins in 17 states and in Nigeria’s capital city Abuja, had a total of 11, 262, 978 votes.