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2019 Nigerian general election

General elections will be held in Nigeria on 16 February 2019 to elect the President and the National Assembly.[1][2] They will be the sixth quadrennial elections since the end of military rule in 1999. Presidential primaries are likely to be held during the last six months of 2018.

2019 Nigerian general elections

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  Muhammadu Buhari with John Kerry (cropped).jpg Atiku Abubakar.jpg
Nominee Muhammadu Buhari Atiku Abubakar
Running mate Yemi Osinbajo Peter Obi

President before election

Muhammadu Buhari

Elected President


Meanwhile,President Buhari has rejected the electoral bill presented by NASS due to the reason that it was sent late and also very close to election.

Electoral system

The President of Nigeria is elected using a simple majority of the highest votes cast, as well as over 25% of the votes in at least two-thirds of states.[citation needed] The 360 members of the House of Representatives are elected using first-past-the-post voting in single-member constituencies,[3] whilst the 109 members of the Senate are elected from 108 single-seat constituencies into which the States are divided (three each) and one single-seat constituency consisting the Federal Capital Territory, all by first-past-the-post voting.[4]

Declared presidential candidates

Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari was selected as the All Progressives Congress candidate in the party primaries held on 29 September 2018.[5]

Other declared candidates are:


  1. ^ INEC fixes date for 2019 presidential election The Guardian, 9 March 2017
  2. ^ INEC announces dates for 2019 general elections Premium Times, 9 March 2017
  3. ^ Electoral system IPU
  4. ^ About the Senate National Assembly
  5. ^ Aisha Buhari condemns APC primaries Premium Times, 7 October 2018
  6. ^ 2019 in view: 6 Northerners who may likely replace Buhari Naij
  7. ^ 35-year-old declares to take Buhari's job in 2019
  8. ^ I will run for Presidency - Ex-Cross River governor, Donald Duke Daily Post
  9. ^ 2019 Presidency: Is Fela Durotoye overreaching himself? Vanguard, 3 March 2018
  10. ^ Nigeria election: Oby Ezekwesili to stand for president BBC News, 8 October 2018
  11. ^ a b c 22 Other Nigerians Eyeing Buhari's Job Premium Times, 6 March 2018
  12. ^ 2019: Kwankwaso flags off presidential campaign in Anambra Daily Post
  13. ^ 2019: Lamido declares presidential ambition Vanguard
  14. ^ Taiwo, Braihma. "Mailafia Emerges ADC Presidential Candidate". This Day. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  15. ^ Ex-CBN Deputy Governor, Moghalu Declares Presidential Bid Thisday
  16. ^ Admin. "2019: PT presidential candidate flags-off campaign". The News. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  17. ^ I'll contest for president in 2019, says Sonaiya Punch
  18. ^ How I will defeat Buhari in 2019 — Omoyele Sowore Premium Times