Muhammadu Buhari recorded a historical victory in Nigeria’s presidential election, the first time an incumbent has been defeated.
With votes coming in from all 36 states, the former military ruler had acquired more than 15 million votes by Tuesday night, while the sitting president Goodluck Jonathan only had 12.8 million to his name.
According to Al Jazeera, Buhari had received an excess of 25% votes in 24 states.
To win the presidential election, Buhari had to secure more than 50% of total votes and secure a minimum 25% in two-thirds of the states.
Despite a comprehensible victory, doubts were expressed whether Jonathan’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would allow a peaceful transfer of power or meet the change with resilience. Post-election riots in 2011 had caused the deaths of more than 800 people after Jonathan won over Buhari.
However, according to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Jonathan called Buhari to congratulate him and admit defeat. Lai Mohammed, spokesman for the APC, said, “There had always been this fear that he might not want to concede, but he will remain a hero for this move. The tension will go down dramatically.”
APC gathered a large number of votes in the northern strongholds of Lagos and Kano. Overall, Buhari achieved success in 21 states, while Jonathan won in only 15 including the territory of the capital city Abuja.
According to The Guardian, Jonathan said, “I thank all Nigerians once again for the great opportunity I was given to lead this country and assure you that I will continue to do my best at the helm of national affairs until the end of my tenure. I have conveyed my personal best wishes to general Muhammadu Buhari.
“I promised the country free and fair elections. I have kept my word. 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.”
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