Feb. 23, 2019 Held


Federal Republic of Nigeria

Election for Nigerian Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:28,614,190
Valid Votes:27,324,583
Invalid Votes:1,289,607

Vote Share by Candidate:

Muhammadu BUHARI15,191,847


Atiku ABUBAKAR11,262,978


Jerry GANA34,746


Omoyole SOWORE33,953


Kinglsey MOGHALU21,886

Election Results Modified: May 07, 2019

General Information

At Stake in this Election:

  • The office of the President of Nigeria

Government Structure:

  • Chief of State: President Muhammadu BUHARI
  • Head of Government: President Muhammadu BUHARI
  • Assembly: Nigeria has a bicameral National Assembly consisting of the Senate with 109 seats and the House of Representatives with 360 seats.
  • The President is both the chief of state and head of government.

Electoral System:

  • The President is elected by qualified plurality vote to serve a 4-year term. An absolute majority and at least 25% in two-thirds of the states is required for a candidate to be elected in the first round. If no candidate wins in the first round, there is a second round between the top two candidates.
  • In the Senate 109 members are elected by simple majority vote in single-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms. Each of the 36 states is divided into three senatorial districts. One senator is elected from each of these districts and the Federal Capital Territory. In the House of Representatives 360 members are elected by simple majority vote in single-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms.

Main Candidates in this Election:*

  • Muhammadu BUHARI
    • Party: All Progressives Congress (APC)
  • Atiku ABUBAKAR
    • Party: People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
  • Obiageli EZEKWESILI
    • Party: Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN)
  • Major General John GBOR
    • Party: All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)
  • Jerry GANA
    • Party: Social Democratic Party (SDP)
  • Kingsley MOGHALU
    • Party: Young Progressives Party (YPP)
  • Omoyole SOWORE
    • Party: African Action Congress (AAC)

* There are 79 candidates in this election.

Population and registered voters:

  • Population: 200,962,417 (2019 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 82,344,107

Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 99,086,852 (2019 est.)
  • Is Nigeria a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (23 April 1984)
  • Has Nigeria ratified CEDAW: Yes (13 June 1985)
  • Gender Quota: No
  • Female candidates in this election: Yes
  • Number of Female Parliamentarians: 20/360 (House of Representatives); 7/108 (Senate)
  • Human Development Index Position: 157 (2018)
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Very High (2014)

Disability Data:

  • Is Nigeria a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)
  • Has Nigeria ratified CRPD: Yes (24 September 2010)
  • Population with a disability: 27,234,308 (est.)
Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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