Jonathan concedes defeat, congratulates Buhari

With presidential election results from all but one of Nigeria’s 36 states counted, and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari, clearly in unassailable lead, President Goodluck Jonathan has telephoned Mr. Buhari to concede defeat.

The spokesperson of the APC, Lai Mohammed, told reporters in Abuja that President Jonathan has conceded defeat.

He said the president called Mr. Buhari to congratulate him on wining the presidential election held Saturday.

“The President called General Buhari at 5: 05 pm this evening to congratulate him for emerging victorious,” Mr. Mohammed said.

He commended the president for “that singular act”.

The Independent National Electoral Commission is yet to declare Mr. Buhari winner because it is still expecting results from Nigeria’s remote Borno State.

By the time the Borno vote is added to the tally, Mr. Buhari would have garnered 15,416,221 votes. All of Mr. Mr. Jonathan’s 12,853, 162 votes have already being counted.

Celebrations have broken across Nigeria as news of Mr. Buhari’s victory dribbles around the nation.


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