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Buhari, Osinbajo receive certificates of return

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PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have been issued their certificates of return following their victory at the just concluded 2019 presidential election.

The certificates were presented to the two by the National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a brief ceremony held at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.

Buhari was declared the winner of the polls having won in 19 out of the 36 states of the federation and also got the required 25 per cent of votes in two-thirds of all states. Overall, the president secured a total of 15,191,847 votes, representing over 56 per cent of the entire votes cast.

Osinbajo was the first to be issued with his certificate of return after which Buhari received his. Both men were accompanied by their wives

In a brief remark, shortly after receiving the certificate of return, Buhari expressed gratitude to God and to all Nigerians for the victory, while describing the elections as “free and fair”.

He promised that his government would remain inclusive and its doors open to all who have the interest of the country at heart, adding that he would stop at nothing in his efforts to move Nigeria to the next level as promised during his re-election campaign.

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Buhari restated his call to his supporters not to gloat in their celebrations, while also commiserating with the families of the people who lost their lives during the elections.

On the flip side, Abubakar Atiku, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, has rejected the results of the election, saying that he would challenge it in court.

Buhari will be sworn in for his second term on May 29.

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