Buhari Wins By 2.57 Million Votes – Official Results
Main opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari won Nigeria’s presidential election by 2.57 million votes, according to official results announced on Wednesday.
The Independent National Electoral Commission said the 72-year-old, from the All Progressives Congress (APC), won 15,424,921 votes or 53.95 percent of the 28,587,564 total valid votes cast.
His nearest rival, President Goodluck Jonathan, 57, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), won 12,853,162 (44.96 percent) at the election, which was held on Saturday and Sunday.
INEC chairman Attahiru Jega said: “Muhammadu Buhari, of the APC, having satisfied the requirement for the law and scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected.”
Anxiety In Bayelsa As Buhari Clinches Presidential Poll
Uneasy calm yesterday, pervaded Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital and its environs, as the results of the presidential election were announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, showing the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate, Gen Muhammadu Buhari in clear lead.
Most of the commercial banks shut their doors to customers at midday as the final results of the election were announced.
The move, it was learned, was a safety measure against likely attack in case of outbreak of violence over the outcome of the election.
Buhari’s Victory Has Rescued Nigeria – Aregbesola
The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, yesterday, described the victory of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), as the best thing to happen to a country that has endured 16 years of misrule at the centre.
He said Nigeria has finally been rescued from the jaws of death after 16 years of social, political and economic strains.
Aregbesola, in a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, congratulated Nigerians for the doggedness, perseverance and commitment to voting out a party that had held them hostage for 16 years.
Describing Buhari’s victory as the best thing that could happen to a nation under political and economic strains like Nigeria, the Governor said the overall results of the elections and the general conducts of the electorate demonstrated that Nigerians really wanted change in the country.
Lagos PDP Calls For Cancellation Of Presidential Election Results
The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to cancel results of the presidential elections for Lagos State just as it accused the All Progressives Congress, APC, of manipulating the exercise.
Addressing a press conference at its party secretariat, the state chairman of the party, Mr Tunji Shelle accused INEC officials of collaborating with the APC to manipulate outcome of the elections, saying it affected the chances of the party.
He, however, alleged that figures were “brazenly manufactured and conjured to favour the APC.”
Shelle, who rejected the outcome of the exercise, said “we hereby reject outright all the established manipulated results and the concocted victory given in favour of APC in Lagos State. We demand immediate justice and the prompt cancellation of all concocted APC kangaroo victory and the immediate restoration of all genuine and untarnished results from the various polling units as nothing else will do.”
#SaiBuhari! Wide Spread Jubilation In Ibadan, Kaduna, Others
Following the imminent declaration of Gen Muhaamadu Buhari by the Independent National Electoral Commission as the substantial winner of the 2015 presidential elections, supporters of the All Progressives Congress have taken to the streets in wide spread jubilation.
From the South Western state of Oyo to the North Western state of Kaduna, it is chants of ‘Sai Buhari!’ all the way. Supporters who took to the streets of Ibadan the Oya state capital in their hundreds marched and chanted victory songs with many commending the INEC for their ‘unbiased’ role.
The case is not different in Kaduna, as stunt bikers have since taken over some parts of the metropolis in wild jubilation chanting ‘Sai Kayi baba!, Sai Buhari’
Reports reaching us indicates the same has been reported in some other parts of the country.
Meanwhile, the INEC Chairman, Prof. Atahiru Jega has adjourned collation till 8pm when the last result from Borno is expected to be announced.
Fayose Hails Buhari’s Victory, Urges Nigerians To Accept Results
Controversial Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose has urged Nigerians to accept the outcome of the Saturday presidential election in good faith, saying; “the election result is the will of God and Nigerians , and all lovers of peace, progress and development of Nigeria must accept it.”
Governor Fayose, in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, hailed the resilience and commitment of President Goodluck Jonathan and General Mohammadu Buhari (rtd).
The governor said the election results should not been seen as victory or loss for any political party, adding that; “To me, Nigerians and democracy won.”
Jubilation In Kano For Buhari’s Victory, Traders Offer Free Shopping
Tens of thousands of people in Kano celebrated the victory of the opposition All progressives congress (APC) presidential candidate General Muhammadu Buhari who defeated the incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan during the just concluded presidential election.
Among those celebrating were women and youths dressed in the national colours while others wore brocade in different colours. They marched through the streets of Kano celebrating Buhari’s victory.
THISDAY correspondent observed that buses filled with people standing on the roof tops waved to the crowd, throwing out posters of General Muhammadu Buhari.
Okada riders also carried people including young girls celebrating in styles to the overwhelmed crowds who stormed major roads and streets of Kano.
At the Kano Government House, youths and women in their thousands holding brooms stormed the main gate dancing while others were sharing free gifts of drinks to people as part of their celebration.
Reports from rural areas of Kano revealed that villagers engaged in cooking and dancing as part of their celebration over the victory of Buhari, while tricycle operators offer free ride to people to their various destination as their tricycles are adorned with Buhari posters.
At Sabon Gari area which is highly populated with non-indigenes, the area is sounding different as they played music of solidarity to the president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari.
Without Buhari, APC Would Not Have Won – Lai Mohammed
The National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has attributed the party’s victory in the presidential polls to the strong character and integrity of the person of the party’s Presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari.
He said Buhari’s popularity contributed immensely to the victory of his party in last Saturday’s election.
Mohammed who spoke with journalists at the party’s National secretariat, Abuja, while the final results of the Presidential election were still being collated by the Chief Returning Officer and Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commussion (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, said that if Buhari had not been the APC candidate, the party would have lost the election.
“We would have lost woefully. Buhari made our victory very easy. He is a major factor in the land mark victory. It has never happened that an incumbent is defeated in a national election”.
Rivers PDP Rejects International Observers’ Claim On Polls
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State has rejected claims by a group of international observers that the presidential and National Assembly elections in Rivers state were flawed.
The party accused the chairman of the group and Executive Director of Contact Project, United States of America, Ms. Jennifer Lynne of being a long-time associate of Governor Chibuike Amaechi.
Addressing journalists in Port Harcourt Tuesday, Deputy Chairman, Media and Publicity, of the PDP Campaign Organisation in Rivers State, Prince Shedrack Akaloku, said Lynne and her group could not have given an independent opinion on the elections because of their her link to Amaechi.
Akaloku said, “We take exception to the comments of Ms Jennifer Lynne, Executive Director of Contact Projects, who paraded herself in the course of the elections as an international observer. The said Ms Jennifer Lynne is known to have a long standing business and social association with the deflated out-going Governor of Rivers State.
Jonathan Calls Buhari, Concedes Defeat
The President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has conceded victory to the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari.
President Jonathan called Buhari about 5.05 pm to congratulate him, thus putting paid to all anxieties and concerns over a possible debacle.
Addressing Journalists at the APC national secretariat in Abuja, the National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said President Jonathan has exhibited an uncommon courage and exemplary character by accepting defeat in such a swift manner.
Following the historic victory, APC has roll- out the drums to celebrate its victory in the presidential election with a reception for the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja.
As soon as it became obivious that Buhari was coasting to victory with the majority of the results from states already announced, the leadership of APC started making arrangments to formally recieved Buhari and the Vice President-elect, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo.
APC Urges Members, Supporters To Remain Calm
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has appealed to all its members and supporters across Nigeria to remain calm and peaceful, and to resist all acts of provocation as they await the results of the presidential elections.
In a statement issued on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the post-election
moment, when all Nigerians are eagerly awaiting the results of the elections, is a tense moment for the country, hence nothing must be done to disturb the peace or cause disunity.
”We must begin the very critical process of healing all the wounds inflicted by the rancorous and divisive electioneering campaign, and
rebuilding trust among our unprecedentedly-divided people,” it said.
Court Adjourns Tinubu’s Case Against COAS To April 20
A Federal High Court, Lagos, on Tuesday, adjourned till April 20, a fundamental rights’ enforcement suit filed by former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, against the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah.
Tinubu, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had sued Minimah over the deployment of soldiers to lay siege on his No. 26 Bourdillon Street, Ikoyi, Lagos home, between February 9 and February11, 2015.
Justice John Tsoho, had on March 26, granted an interim injunction, banning the military siege on Tinubu’s home and stopping any possible arrest or detention of the applicant during the period of the general election.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that after granting the order, the judge adjourned to hear the substantive suit.
At the resumed hearing on Tuesday, only the applicant’s counsel, Mr Chukwuma Onwuemene, who was holding brief for Mr Femi Falana (SAN), was in court. Minimah was not represented.
Onwuemene prayed the court for a short adjournment for the hearing of the substantive suit.
Jonathan, General Abubakar, Dangote, Others In Closed-Door Meeting
President Goodluck Jonathan is at the moment in a meeting with members of the National Peace Committee for the 2015 general elections.
President Jonathan has already placed a congratulatory call to President-elect, Major General Muhammadu Buhari.
At the meeting are former military ruler General Abdulsalam Abubakar, the president of the Aliko Group of Companies, Alhaji Aliko Dangote; former President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Mrs Priscilla Kuye; Primate of the Anglican Communion, Nicholas Okoh; former Chief of General Staff, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe; and Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Onaiyekan.
There was confusion at the National Collation Centre in Abuja, on Tuesday morning when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), reconvened to announce the remaining results from the states.
Everything was set when suddenly former Minister of Niger Delta, Godsday Orubebe, seized the microphone and accused the INEC chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega of bias.
According Orubebe, a petition was sent to the INEC chairman by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), requesting for investigation into the results released from key northwest states of Katsina, Kano, Jigawa and Kano, but was not accepted by the chairman.
He said whereas a petition sent by All progressives Congress (APC), concerning the controversial election in Rivers State was promptly acted upon with a team immediately dispatched to the state to investigate.
Orubebe, consequently, created an ugly scene, insisting that collation would not go ahead as they have lost confidence in the INEC chairman.