The All Progressives Congress Party-APC’s General Muhammadu Buhari has won Nigeria’s Presidential Election.
- Buhari secured a total of 15,424,921 votes while Jonathan garnered 12,853,162 votes, out of the cumulative total of 28,587,564 votes.
- The APC candidate had spread of votes across 27 of the 36 states and won at least 25% of the votes in two-thirds of the country’s 36 states, in addition to scoring the highest number of votes.
- The PDP also received 25% of votes in 26 of the 36 states but did not secure the highest number of cumulative votes.
- President Jonathan scored a historic first in the annals of Nigeria’s history as the first sitting president to concede defeat and congratulate his opponent before the announcement of the final result by the Electoral Commission
- The result is trailed by congratulatory messages and commendations for both Buhari and Jonathan, including messages from OBJ, Atiku Abubakar, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Ayo Fayose and Asari Dokubo
Results of the keenly contested election were announced in the early hours of Wednesday, 1st of April by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission-INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega.
According to the INEC Chairman, the APC secured a total of fifteen million, four hundred and twenty-four thousand, nine hundred and twenty-one (15,424,921) votes to defeat the ruling People’s Democratic Party-PDP’s President Goodluck Jonathan, who garnered twelve million, eight hundred and fifty-three thousand, one hundred and sixty-two (12,853,162) votes, out of the cumulative total of 28,587,564 votes.
Professor Jega said: “I, Prof Attahiru Jega, hereby certify that:
1) I was the returning officer of the presidential election held on the 28th of March, 2015;
2) that the election was contested;
3) that the candidates received the following votes…..”
After reading out the scores by each of the candidates, Professor Jega declared:
4) …. Muhammadu Buhari of the APC, having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the highest number of votes, is hereby returned winner of the presidential election.”
Professor Jega said that the APC candidate had spread of votes across 27 of the 36 states and won at least 25% of the votes in two-thirds of the country’s 36 states, in addition to scoring the highest number of votes.
He however added that the PDP also received 25% of votes in 26 of the 36 states but did not secure the highest number of cumulative votes.
According to the INEC returning officer, a total of 31,756,490 voters were accredited for the election, with a total of 29,432,083 valid votes, of which 844,519 votes were rejected.
14 candidates representing 14 of the 28 political parties contested in the 2015 Presidential Election, held on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of March, 2015.
It is the first time in Nigeria’s history that an opposition will defeat an incumbent party in presidential polls.
Before the declaration of the results by INEC, President Goodluck Jonathan had conceded defeat and called General Buhari to congratulate him on his victory.
President Jonathan thus goes down in the annals of Nigeria’s history as the first sitting president to concede defeat and congratulate his opponent, before the final results were pronounced by the Electoral Commission.
Representatives of 13 of the presidential candidates and the returning officer of the election, Professor Jega, all signed the sheet to authenticate the results. No representative of the PDP signed the document.
The authentication, signing and stamping of the election results document brought to a close the process of the conduct of Nigeria’s 2015 presidential election.
Total Accredited Voters: 31,756,490
Total Votes Cast: 29,432,083
At the campaign headquarters of the All Progressives Congress, supporters of the party jubilated into the early hours of Wednesday morning.
General Buhari’s victory has been trailed by congratulatory messages prominent among which is the one from former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Obasanjo in his message charged Buhari to fight corruption and carry out reforms in different sectors.
Also Obasanjo’s former deputy, Atiku Abubakar, lauded General Buhari, against whom he contested the presidential primaries, for leading their party, the All Progressives Congress ‘to an unprecedented victory within two years of its official formation.’
Die-hard critic of General Muhammadu Buhari and one of the arrowheads of President Goodluck Jonathan’s presidential campaign, Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has also congratulated Buhari.
Fayose said in a statement issued on Tuesday, “I salute President Jonathan for laying the most solid foundation for democracy in Nigeria. I also salute Major General Buhari for being a resilient and dogged fighter”
“I urge Nigerians, irrespective of their ethnic, religious and political affiliation to respect the outcome of the election in the interest of peace, progress and development of the country,” Fayose added.
Asari- Dokubo capitulates
Also, Mujaheed Asari-Dokubo, an ex-militant who previously threatened to unleash violence on the country if President Goodluck Jonathan lost the presidential election, has promised to support any government in power.
Asari-Dokubo declared on twitter, “Before Jonathan, there was Asari, after him there will be Asari. I’m a friend to any government in power”
Several eminent personalities have also commended President Jonathan for conceding defeat and congratulating the winner.
Former Commonwealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, applauded the President for congratulating General Muhammadu Buhari on his victory in the presidential election ahead of an official declaration by the electoral body.
Chief Anyaoku said that the action by President Goodluck Jonathan would send a message to the rest of Africa on the proper response by contestants in a standard democratic process.
Also, the Sultan of Sokoto, a highly revered religious leader in the north of the country, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has praised President Goodluck Jonathan for congratulating the APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, on his victory.
The Sultan, speaking on a television programme by phone, said that the President’s action was a lesson for all Nigerians.
He commended the President’s gallantry in defeat and the peaceful conduct of the elections which he said would strengthen democracy in the country and elevate the country’s standing in the world.
In the same vein, former head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar has described President Goodluck Jonathan as a great statesman who has the interest of the country at heart.
He stated this when he visited President Jonathan at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday with the members of the National Peace Committee on 2015 Elections of which he is the chairman.
Gen. Abubakar told State House correspondents after the meeting that his group members were held “spellbound” when General Buhari told them on phone that he had received a call from President Jonathan to congratulate him.
On behalf of Nigerians I want to thank President Jonathan for being the statesman that he is; he has proved that he is a statesman and he has the love of this country in his heart. So, Nigerians should please help him to ensure this is real,” Gen. Abubakar said.
Buhari thanks supporters; calls for sober celebrations
The winner of the Presidential Election, General Muhammadu Buhari, has issued an interim message of gratitude to Nigerians for choosing him and his party, over and above the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan.
In a statement, the Director of Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Mallam Garba Shehu said the mood of the country as well as its current state did not warrant the type of wild celebrations reportedly going on in some cities across the country.
No to violence
The statement quotes General Buhari as saying, “Anybody who is genuinely happy with the victory of the APC in the presidential election will not be involved in the molestation of opponents or the destruction of their property. He or she is not with me, whoever does that.”