INEC declares Buhari President-elect

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Wednesday declared the candidate  of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari, winner of Saturday’s presidential election.

The Chairman of the Commission, Attahiru Jega, who announced the final result at exactly 2.55 a.m. Wednesday, after days of collation of results from across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, said Mr. Buhari polled a total 15,424,921 votes.

On the other hand, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, President  Goodluck Jonathan, scored 12,853,162 votes.

Declaring the final result, the INEC Chairman said Mr. Buhari and the APC also satisfied the constitutional requirement by scoring at least 25 per cent of votes in 27 states.

Mr. Jonathan and his party, he said, also recorded 25 per cent of votes in 26 states of the federation in what has gone down in the country’s electoral history as one of the most keenly contested elections.

In his brief concession statement to concede victory, President Jonathan said he had kept his word to deliver to Nigerians a free and fair elections.

He congratulated all Nigerians for successfully going through the rigours of the March 28 elections with commendable enthusiasm and commitment as demonstrated in their patience throughout the exercise.

President Jonathan urged his supporters aggrieved by the results announced by INEC to follow due process based on the country’s constitution and electoral laws in seeking redress.

“As I have always affirmed, nobody’s ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian. The unity, stability and progress of our dear country is more important than anything else,” he said.

While commending the security services for their role in ensuring the elections were mostly peaceful and violence-free, Mr. Jonathan thanked PDP members for their support.

“Today, the PDP should be celebrating, rather than mourning. We have established a legacy of democratic freedom, transparency, economic growth and free and fair elections.

“For the past 16 years, we have steered the country away from ethnic and regional politics. We created a Pan-Nigerian political party and brought home to our people the realities of economic development and social transformation.

“Through patriotism and diligence, we have built the biggest and most patriotic party in Nigerian history. We must stand together as a party and look to the future with renewed optimism,” he said.

He also thanked Nigerians for giving him the opportunity to lead Nigeria, assuring that he would continue to make himself available until the end of his tenure.

Earlier, the former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, who visited the outgoing President in State House, Abuja, thanked him for his statesmanship and stewardship, particularly in demonstrating rare courage in defeat.

Mr. Abubakar said this gesture opened a new chapter in the annals of the country’s political history for the loser in an election to call his opponent to congratulate him, pointing out that that Mr. Jonathan had shown that he was not only a man of his words, but also one that desires peace for the country


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  • amazing2012

    Where is OTILE, the English slave and cursed ! Where Fani Kayode, the hate speech man and bastard(Yoruba elders, 2015) !! Where arubebe, the public mad man !!
    YOU HAVE FAILED !!
    God of Nigeria is supreme and omni-masses !!!
    You have been campaigning for division on religious and ethnic line, you have plan death of millions innocents souls. You made people to believe that Jonathan is Jesus while Buhari is islam, now can you say Jesus has failed ? Jesus never failed is you and your father Lucifa that failed. Jesus remained Jesus now and forever ! You only use his name to deceive few people and God has exposed you !! Nigeria belong to all of us, no difference. United we stand in love and unity !!!
    Indeed shamed unto you !!

    • alawee

      • A person shall not be qualified for election to the office of President if he has
      presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

      ……SECTION 137 (1) 1999 CONSTITUTION OF NIGERIA

      • alawee2

        2015 ELECTION IS WASTE OF MONEY FOR BUHARI

        For a poor country, Nigeria can actually afford to
        be frugal This election was pure waste of money.
        It has no consequence; regardless that Buhari had
        2.5million more votes than his closest contestant.

        The election was at best an entertainment after
        Buhari presented affidavit in December 2014 saying
        he obtained WASC but can’t show it or prove it.
        So, why waste money staging an election for such dubious
        claimant? That’s prodigal. The number of votes
        Buhari won is moot. He can’t be sworn in under the law.

        • alawee2

          …….[2] 2015 ELECTION IS WASTE OF MONEY FOR BUHARI

          Buhari is deemed constitutionally dis-qualified
          for giving false certificate by recitation in affidavit to INEC.
          Unless he shows his WASC by tendering it – which
          he’s not done since December – he ‘s wasting his time.

          By common sense he may never be able to show it,
          actually, so, what’s an election worth for such person?
          The number of votes Buhari won cannot replace the
          Constitution stipulating MANDATORY dis-qualification.

          Or does a concession of defeat by President
          Jonathan give Buhari the WASC Buhari does not have or show.
          The 1999 Constitution of Nigeria is the greatest
          will of the people; and, it nullifies all the votes Buhari got.

          • solozo

            @alwee2, take it easy. The elections have come and gone, results have been declared. There is no point crying more than the bereaved. Just let it go. 4 years or even 8 years is not a long time. If this is GEJ/PDP’s sacrifice for the good of this country, so be it. Christians prayed hard. If in spite of that prayer and in spite of all the campaign, the results favor GMB, then it must be for a reason. The Constitution belongs to the people, the people do not belong to the Constitution. If they really have spoken, the voice of the people should be allowed to prevail. Only time will tell if this was a mistake in our history or not. Relax, chill, take it easy. Life goes on okay? Peace

          • ansmsh

            Tell him ooooooo!
            And by the way, who bothers about his certificate if he can deliver better than those with useless Ph.ds in their pockets.
            alawee2, talk sence, pls.

          • Maitama Tambari

            alawee2 went through a classroom and after a while emerged out of another door of a classroom without really going to what we all went through which is called school and came out with what everybody call education. Education makes a human being different from an animal. Education helps the mind of a human being to seek knowledge and explore facts. Education makes educated human being to think before speaking or writing on facts or fictions. Constitution the guiding light of Nigeria rules and regulation is freely available for the educated mind to read, explore and seek knowledge. If alawee2 is educated as we all are, he or she would have found from the Constitutions that EVIDENCE of a MINIMUM Secondary School Qualification, is the requirement. If you do not have WASC and have failure, your Secondary School Leaving Certificate satisfy the Constitutional requirements. President Elect General Muhammed Buhari presented EVIDENCE of Cambridge Examination Results in 2003, 2007 and 2011. Why the query now? STIFF COMPETITION facing out going President JONATHAN. FREEDOM TRAIN IS ARRIVING EAGLE SQUARE, ABUJA ON 29-05-15. ALI HAD GONE. YES JONATHAN IS GONE. NIGERIANS INVITED TO WELCOME THE FRUIT OF OUR LABOUR, GMB.

      • amazing2012

        Respect the constitution, go to court !

        • Burbank

          A person shall be declared a winner of the election for the office of the presidency if he received the certificate of returns from the Independent National Electoral Commission.
          ……SECTION 137 (1) 1999 CONSTITUTION OF NIGERIA

    • True Nigerian

      I totally agree! Forget all the talk about being magnanimous in victory. Jonathan and the loyal members of his criminal enterprise wanted this country to burn, but they discovered that Nigerians were not ready for it. The way this election has ended successfully is not because of how kind and how patriotic Jonathan is; it is because of how resolute Nigerians are.

      Jonathan, Fani-Kayode and other wicked souls hiding their desperate criminal minds behind the banner of Christianity deserve nothing but shame and opprobrium. I am a Christian. And I can say with regret and pain that no president of this country has used and abused Christianity as much as Jonathan and the praise-singing criminals that surround him.

      Buhari can say all the good things he wants to say. But if he fails to unravel the wickedness and mindless crimes that were committed by Jonathan and his cronies, I will be the first to raise a new campaign for his rejection in 2019.

  • Mama Kay

    Accountability in governance is very important. Jonathan and his ministers must account for their time in office. That is why we voted for you Baba.

    Please empower EFCC to do their job properly.

    As for PDP e-rats, using new pseudo names, the answer is for you to go to court.

    Please don’t forget to bring in the ballot papers from all of SE and Niger Delta. It will then be discovered that only the North and SW voted. The others were just a charade. May God bless Jega for his insistence on card readers.

  • hh

    Baba, though you promised to draw lines, some issues are beyond overlooking, especially the monumental corruption and heinous spill of innocent blood. Baba you must retrieve the stolen or corrupted? money. Where can you get the fund to reactivate our power sector which requires immediate attention?