While many frustrated Nigerians had said they wanted to give someone new a try, President Muhammadu Buhari, a former military dictator, profited from his upright reputation in an oil-rich nation tired of politicians enriching themselves instead of the people.
In the wee hours of Wednesday, Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), declared Buhari the victor of Saturday's presidential poll.
Buhari who wields enormous support in Northern Nigeria, polled 15,191,847 votes while Atiku gained 11,262,978 votes, a margin of 3,928,869 votes.
The states where the APC's candidate won in the last Saturday's election include Ekiti, Osun, Ogun, Lagos, Gombe, Kogi, Kwara, Niger, Jigawa, Kaduna, Yobe, Katsina, Kano, and Nasarawa.
On his part, Atiku won in the FCT (259,997), Ondo (275,901), Abia (219,698), Enugu (355,553), Ebonyi (258,573), Anambra (524,738), Oyo (366,690), Adamawa (410,266), Edo (275,691), Benue (275,691).
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"The new administration will intensify its efforts in security, restructuring the economy and fighting corruption", Mr Buhari said after his victory was officially announced.
The 76-year-old defeated his main rival, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, with a margin of almost four million votes. But Jonathan was defeated in 2015, therefore foiling his chance to do the second term.
Mr Abubakar's People's Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the result.
The president thanks Nigerians following the declaration by INEC. Also, elections were cancelled or not held in several polling units in Akwa Ibom and Rivers.