Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Nigeria's Opposition Party APC Edges Towards Victory In The Presidential Elections

Incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan May Become The First Nigerian President In Office To Lose An Election.

Political Analysis and Comments
by Tom Okure, Ph.D
March 31, 2015

Former military ruler of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari, who is 72 years old and says he is a born-again democrat is winning with a very clear margin according to INEC reported poll results.  Buhari pledges to clean up the corrupt politics that has engulfed Africa’s largest economy and its most populous country. 

On Monday March 30, 2015, Nigeria's independent electoral commission {INEC) released the polling results of eight states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as it began the collation and announcement of the presidential election's results.

Early poll results early today Tuesday March 31, 2015 indicated that Muhammadu Buhari is still leading with 8,520,436 in 10 states and Jonathan gathered 6,488,210 in 8 states and FCT.

Before we published this blog post, new confirmed polling results now reported from 30 of Nigeria’s states, plus the Federal Capital territory of Abuja, who have declared results, still indicate that Buhari is still leading incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, by 13,314,482 votes to 10,536,986.

If President Goodluck Jonathan loses to Buhari, he would be the first incumbent Nigerian president to lose an election

A Very Big Win For Nigeria's Young Democracy

Nigerian voters all over the country waited patiently on March 28 and 29, 2015 to exercise their civil right to vote. In some instances voters were forced to wait more than eight hours and endure harsh weather conditions including heavy tropical rain storms and the scorching sun.

They arrived in droves to the polling stations and included all kinds and types of voters, the young, the elderly, men, women, and mothers with children and some with babies strapped to their backs. It was Nigeria’s biggest and most exciting election held since the country gained independence. There were moments of high drama, technical glitches with voting equipment, shortage of ballot papers was reported in many parts of the country and some violence and tensions were also reported.

Notwithstanding who ends up as the declared winner in the presidential elections, one thing is clear, Nigerian democracy is the real winner of the exciting political campaign and voting season.

The video below (Attribution: Channels Television) shows INEC presentation of the results of eight states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).


More Election Results

Source: Nigerian Tribune
Date: March 31, 2015

As of 11.20 p.m., the results from 18 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), had been presented by collation officers made up of vice chancellors in Nigerian universities.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, from the results released, won in 10 states, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kogi, Ogun, Ondo, Kwara, Oyo and Osun.

Buhari garnered massive votes from Katsina, his home state, Kano, Kaduna and Jigawa states.
The total figure for the 10 states is 8,520,436. Also, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan, won in eight states of Abia, Anambra, Ekiti, Enugu, Nasarawa, Akwa Ibom, Plateau and Imo, including the FCT.

The total figure for the PDP winning states is 6,488,210. President Jonathan was able to garner more votes from Akwa Ibom, Enugu, Anambra, Abia and Imo states.

Signing out on Monday night, Professor Jega said the presentation of the results would continue today by 10.00 a.m.


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