Nigerians Return President Buhari to Office

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been re-elected for a second four-year term, the election commission says.

In the wee hours of Wednesday, Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), declared Buhari the victor of Saturday's presidential poll. Challenger Atiku Abubakar received 11.2 million, or 41 percent.

"Muhammadu Buhari ... is hereby declared victor", Yakubu said.

Buhari's victory is registered in 19 states of the federation excluding the FCT, the seat of the Nigerian government, where he lost to Atiku by a margin of 107,773 votes.

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Nigeria's defeated main opposition party does not accept the presidential election result and believes the legal process is one way to resolve issues, a party official said on Wednesday.

This comes as Atiku rejected the results, blaming INEC for "inconsistencies" and colluding with the APC to deny the will of the people.

Voting was marked by hours-long delays and deadly violence that observers said kept some people away from the polls. The APC candidate polled 15,424, 921 in 2015 against PDP's 12,853,162 total vote count.

President Buhari, 76, will return to office amid a rising unemployment rate that has rendered over 20 million Nigerians jobless and 8.7 million fresh graduates idle. Mr Buhari's critics say that the very attributes that won over voters four years ago - his strictness and inflexibility - have emerged as liabilities. But they may struggle to point to concrete achievements in other fields, such as fixing the economy.