Few hours after the official declaration of the winner of the February 23 presidential election, The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday afternoon presented the Certificate of Return to the president-elect and winner of the just concluded presidential election, President Muhammadu Buhari.
The INEC Chairman, Professor Yakubu Mahmood, presented the Certificate to President Buhari and the vice-president-elect, Yemi Osinbajo, at the International Conference Center in Abuja the same place that served as INEC national coalition centre.
It will be recalled that the INEC chairman after declaring the winner said that the President and his vice will receive their certificate of return by 2PM todayfollowing final collation of results in the early hours of Wednesday.
In the Inec Boss statement, he said: “Ladies and gentlemen, in fulfillment of the electoral act which says that a certificate of return shall be issued not less than seven days to the declaration of the winner, I hereby announce that the certificate of return will be issued to the President-elect and Vice President-elect at 2pm today in this very hall.”
Buhari, who is the incumbent President, defeated the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, to emerge winner in the keenly contested poll.
Announcing the final results of the election on Wednesday, Professor Mahmood said President Buhari polled a total of 15,191,847 to defeat his closest rival and the PDP candidate, Atiku, who polled 11,262,978.