Nigeria's president is declared winner on Wednesday 27*02*2019

Nigeria's president is declared winner on Wednesday 27*02*2019

Nigeria's president was declared the clear winner of a second term in Africa's largest democracy early on Wednesday, after a campaign in which he urged voters to give him another chance to tackle gaping corruption, widespread insecurity and an economy limping back from a rare recession.

While many frustrated Nigerians had said they wanted to give someone new a try, President Muhammadu Buhari, a former military dictator, profited from his upright reputation in an oil-rich nation weary of politicians enriching themselves instead of the people.

Supporters began dancing in the streets of the capital, Abuja, on Tuesday night as vote counting stretched his lead from the weekend election to nearly 4 million votes over top opposition challenger Atiku Abubakar, a billionaire former vice president who made sweeping campaign promises to "make Nigeria work again."

Buhari received 15.1 million votes, Abubakar received 11.2 million. The average national turnout was 35.6 percent, continuing a downward trend.