2019 Nigerian general election

2019 Nigerian presidential election

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25% in each of 2/3 States + Majority votes needed to win
Turnout35.6% (Decrease8.05pp)
 Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (cropped).jpgAtiku Abubakar.jpg
NomineeMuhammadu BuhariAtiku Abubakar
Home stateKatsinaAdamawa
Running mateYemi OsinbajoPeter Obi
States carried1917 + FCT
Popular vote15,191,84711,262,978

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States won by Abubakar (in green) and Buhari (blue)

President before election

Muhammadu Buhari

Elected President

Muhammadu Buhari

2019 Nigerian Senate election
23 February 2019

All 109 seats in the Senate of Nigeria
 Majority partyMinority party
LeaderAhmed Ibrahim LawanAbiodun Olujimi
Leader's seatYobe NorthEkiti South
Seats before5350

President of the Senate before election

Bukola Saraki

Elected President of the Senate

Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan

2019 Nigerian National Assembly election
23 February 2019

All 360 seats in the House of Representatives
 First partySecond party
LeaderFemi GbajabiamilaOgor Okuweh
Leader's seatSurulere IIsoko North / South
Seats before190151

Speaker before election

Yakubu Dogara

Elected Speaker

Femi Gbajabiamila

General elections were held in Nigeria on 23 February 2019 to elect the President, Vice President, House of Representatives and the Senate.[1][2][3][4] The elections had initially been scheduled for 16 February, but the Election Commission postponed the vote by a week at 03:00 on the original polling day, citing logistical challenges in getting electoral materials to polling stations on time.[5] In some places, the vote was delayed until 24 February due to electoral violence.[6] Polling in some areas was subsequently delayed until 9 March, when voting was carried out alongside gubernatorial and state assembly elections.[7]

The elections were the most expensive ever held in Nigeria, costing ₦69 billion more than the 2015 elections.[8][9]

Incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari won his reelection bid, defeating his closest rival Atiku Abubakar by over 3 million votes. He has been issued a Certificate of Return,[10][11] and was sworn in on May 29, 2019, the former date of Democracy Day (Nigeria).[12]

Electoral system

The President of Nigeria is elected using a modified two round system, to be elected in the first round, a candidate must receive a majority of the vote and over 25% of the vote in at least 24 of the 36 states. If no candidate passes this threshold, a second round is held.[13]

The 109 members of the Senate were elected from 109 single-seat constituencies (three in each state and one for the Federal Capital Territory) by first-past-the-post voting.[14] The 360 members of the House of Representatives were also elected by first-past-the-post voting in single-member constituencies۔[15]