Final result: Buhari wins convincingly with 15,568,456 votes

Final result: Buhari wins convincingly with 15,568,456 votes

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 6:13 pm

*President Jonathan trails with 12,853,652 votes

*Nigerians await concession speech

Buhari: wins convincingly

Buhari: wins convincingly

Final computation of Nigeria’s Presidential election, shows Major General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress winning 15,568,456 votes.

President Goodluck Jonathan trails with 12,853,652 votes.

In a few minutes time, Buhari will be officially declared Nigeria’s President elect, a historic moment in Nigeria’s 55th year history as an independent nation.

In an interview with AFP today, Buhari, looking ahead for his declaration as Nigeria’s newly elected President said, he was “very confident” of victory.

His party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has also declared victory and celebrations began among party grandees in the capital, Abuja.

It would be the first democratic change of power in the history of Africa’s most populous country and cap a remarkable return for the 72-year-old who headed a military regime in the 1980s.

Out of the 37 results, APC won 22 states, while Jonathan’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won 15, including Abuja, the Federal capital.

“This is the first time the opposition has voted a government out of power in Nigeria’s history,” said APC spokesman Lai Mohammed.

Buhari won Yobe and Adamawa, which have been among the hardest hit by the bloody, six-year Boko Haram insurgency.

The retired army general won the key prize of Lagos in the southwest but at one point his lead was cut to 500,000 votes after landslide victories for Jonathan in his southern Delta homeland.

The vote was the closest election contest ever in Africa’s biggest economy which has a population of 173 million.

The opposition leader, making his fourth run at the presidency, has been buoyed by frustration over endemic corruption, criticism over Jonathan’s handling of Boko Haram and a stronger opposition.

There was a brief protest by Jonathan’s PDP before the count resumed on Tuesday.

Former Niger Delta minister Godsday Orubebe accused elections chief Attahiru Jega of being “partial” and “selective”.

Orubebe claimed Jega had refused to investigate PDP complaints about big wins by Buhari in northern states but had launched a probe into claims by the APC of irregularities in Rivers.

Jega said later: “I don’t believe that the allegations are substantial enough to require the cancellation or rescheduling of the elections in Rivers state. We will take the results.”

But Buhari — who seized power in December 1983 until he was ousted in a coup in August 1985 — was encouraged by tallies from two northern states, where he stretched his lead over Jonathan compared to four years ago.

In Kano, Buhari defeated Jonathan by nearly 1.7 million votes after besting the president by roughly one million in 2011.

And in Kaduna, where the two ran neck-and-neck in 2011, Buhari won by 650,000 votes.

International observers gave broadly positive reactions to the conduct of the vote, despite late delivery of election materials and technical glitches with new voter authentication devices.

Nigeria’s Transition Monitoring Group, which had observers across the country, said: “These issues did not systematically disadvantage any candidate or party.”

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  • kabiru musa sha'aibu GAYA says:

    is the only our prayer day and night with complete hope ( BUHARI for MASSES).

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