The United `kingdom Government has confirmed that the results of the presidential election as released by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC were authentic.

British Minister of State for Africa, Harriet Baldwin said the results were consistent with the results obtained through the civil society Parallel Vote Tabulation process.

Baldwin congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on securing a second term as president.

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, early Wednesday morning, declared President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the 23rd February election, with over 15 million votes. His main challenger, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, scored over 11, million votes.

But the PDP agent at the collation centre declined to sign the results and later Atiku also rejected the verdict and said he would challenge it in the court.