General Muhammadu Buhari wins Nigeria’s 2015 Presidential Election based on the election votes collated and concluded by INEC this early morning.
As we all know that the Presidential election along with other elections held across Nigeria on Saturday 28th of March 2015. The election was extended by INEC as a result of a couple of hindrances to a successful election in some parts of the country.
The Chairman of INEC – Professor Attahiru Muhammadu Jega officially announced the APC candidate early hours of the morning, Wednesday, April 1, 2015 having taken all the results collated from the reporting officers, which started at the collation centre in Abuja, the nation’s capital, on Monday and ended on Tuesday, March 31.
After the announcement of votes received by all 14 candidates, the INEC Chairman received the results from the 36 states plus the FCT and proceeded with computation and tallying, a process which ran into the early hours of Wednesday, April 1.
General Muhammadu Buhari of the APC polled a total of 15,424,921 votes to defeat all other candidates, with Dr Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP polling a total of 12,853,162 votes to place second. Buhari became victorious in a Presidential election that was keenly contested by him and 13 other candidates and followed closely in Africa & globally.
Jega, the INEC Chairman, went on to declare the APC presidential candidate as the winner of the presidential election and was returned elected “having satisfied the requirements of the law and scoring the highest numbers of votes”.
APC (Buhari): 15 424,921; PDP (Jonathan): 12,853,162
With Reporting officers for INEC declaring collated results from all 36 states plus the FCT, former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari won the incumbent Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, by a little over 2.5m votes, according to the official INEC results.
Buhari has campaigned as a born-again democrat intent on cleaning up the corrupt politics of the continent’s biggest economy and most populous nation.
All Progressives Congress (APC) spokesman Lai Mohammed was quoted saying, “Yes, this is the first time the opposition has voted a government out of power in Nigeria’s history.”
Buhari’s victory means Jonathan becomes Nigeria’s first incumbent president to lose an election. It is also the first time that any other party besides the ruling party -PDP, would win a presidential election since the nation’s return to democracy in 1999.
While the whole world awaited eagerly for the election results, INEC concluded on the last phase of the collation exercise on the last remaining state with a landslide victory for GMB in Borno state.
In yesterday’s morning session, Godsday Orubebe, a former minister and a member of the ruling People’s Democratic party (PDP) had seized the microphone and launched into an attack on the electoral chief.
“Mr chairman, we have lost confidence in you and what you’re doing. You’re not impartial, you’re compromised,” he said as Jega, the electoral chief, apologised for the delay in announcing results.
Orubebe later walked to the podium where an impassive Jega looked on and continued screaming for 10 minutes, waving a sheet of results as a crowd gathered around him. He also accused him of prioritising the announcement of northern states, which are Buhari strongholds.
The winning presidential candidate got the most votes, and the required 25% support in two-thirds of Nigeria’s 36 states and Abuja to avoid a runoff.
We congratulate Mr President – General Muhammadu Buhari.
Congratulations Nigerians on this peaceful process and let’s usher in this new era with peace and not violence.