General Muhammadu Buhari, who is presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been declared winner of the 2015 polls in the country by INEC and therefore the president-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
According to the Independent National Election Commission (INEC), the APC candidate won the 2015 Nigeria presidential elections by a very wide margin of more than 2.5 million votes after securing a total of 15,424,921 against the PDP 12,853,162 votes.
APC’s victory in the polls was obvious before the conclusion of the collation exercise as their candidate, Muhammadu Buhari claimed unlikely victories in parts of the country which he has never won before in his previous three attempts at the polls. He won states in the south-west and north central giving him victory in a total of 21 states while the ruling party’s candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan won in the remaining 15 states including the Federal Capital Territory.
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.”
This announcement sparked excitement and jubilation from many in the streets across the nation especially APC loyalists and sympathizers, who have been clamoring for a new government and who describe the incumbent government as “weak and insensitive to the plight of the poor masses.”
The 2015 presidential elections did not come and go without hitches here and there especially with the introduction of the card readers, which was opposed by most of the political parties and most vocally, the PDP. Also, the incidence of the election postponement from its previously scheduled date, February 14 to March 28, was an incident that threaten to rock the process. There were also vicious electioneering by the PDP and APC, who targeted each other at campaigns and rallies.
This is a record-breaking feat for the APC and the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari as he has become the first candidate in Nigeria’s political history to successfully defeat an incumbent head of state through elections. Now, the whole nation’s eyes is set on them to make good their campaign promises and also help the nation achieve “record-breaking” feats also in areas such as electricity, infrastructure, the economy, job creation and also agriculture.
Nigeria has continued to receive applauds by observers of the electoral process both locally, regionally and internationally, on the way the 2015 presidential elections were conducted in the country, describing it as “free and fair.”
The incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated the president-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari on his victory in the polls and has offered his services in any capacity he is needed at the national and international level.