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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Breaking News: Buhari Wins Presidential Election + States Results

The All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, is on the verge of being declared winner of the presidential election held last Saturday throughout Nigeria.
It was the fourth time Buhari would contest to govern Nigeria. He had failed three times, but his efforts are being crowned at the fourth attempt, 30 years after he was toppled in a military coup in August 1985.

By 1 pm today, with results from 26 states and Abuja  officially declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission,  Buhari was leading the incumbent President and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Goodluck Jonathan, with  about a million votes.With results from 10 other states, such as Bauchi, Benue, Yobe, Adamawa, Kebbi, Zamfara, Borno, Taraba, most of which are strongholds of Buhari, it is projected that Buhari will end up beating Jonathan with close to 4 million votes.
Jonathan is only expected to have a strong showing in Edo and  Delta states.
At the moment, the tallies from 26 states, show Buhari having  10,996,049 votes. Jonathan has 10,105, 683 votes.The states are Ekiti, Ogun, Enugu, Kogi, Osun, Ondo, Abuja, Oyo, Nasarawa, Kano, Jigawa, Katsina, Kwara, Kaduna, Anambra, Abia, Imo, Plateau, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Niger, Bayelsa, Gombe, Cross River, Rivers, Sokoto and Lagos.
Buhari did well in the North Western states and South Western states of Nigeria, while Jonathan kept tightly to his South South and South East fortress, completely shutting out Buhari, except in Imo, where Buhari scored 133,253 votes to Jonathan’s 559, 185.
Going by the results, both candidates have fulfilled the constitutional requirement of having 25 per cent in two thirds of Nigeria’s 36 states. But the General from Daura in Katsina State appears poised to beat the incumbent on the plurality of votes.
His expected victory is historic. It is the first time that an opposition candidate would wrest power from an incumbent.
Buhari, who will soon be declared president-elect,  is the candidate of a coalition of groups that in 2013 fused to become the All Progressives Congress. The new party was made up of Action Congress, with base in western Nigeria, the CPC, in northern Nigeria, a faction of APGA and  a breakaway faction of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, who abandoned the PDP because of sharp disagreements with President Goodluck Jonathan, on the handling of the party and Nigeria’s affairs.
Nigeria’s president-elect was born  in Daura, Katsina state on  17 December, 1942.After graduation at Government College in Katsina in 1961, Buhari joined the army and rose to become a Major-General. He served as Governor of the North East state, petroleum minister and became Nigeria’s military leader after the 31 December coup that toppled the civilian administration of Shehu Shagari.
In August 1985, Buhari was toppled in another coup led by General Ibrahim Babangida.In retirement, he served as chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund under the Abacha regime.When Nigeria returned to civil rule in 1999, General Buhari offered himself for service thrice before now, but he was rejected at the polls.
The man with a reputation for anti-corruption and discpline and a near ascetic life has finally got his mission fulfilled.
INEC Result
STATE  
 JONATHAN (PDP)   BUHARI (APC)
LAGOS   632,327         792,460
OGUN 207,950            308,290
ONDO  299,889             251,368
OSUN  249,929              383,603
OYO   303,376              528,620
KWARA 132,602          302,146
NIGER 149,222           667,678        
KEBBI 100,972            568,020
ZAMFARA  80,781       349,868
SOKOTO    152,199         671,926
KADUNA  484,085       1,127,760
FCT        157,195          146,399
KOGI     149,987           264,851
EDO        286,869          208,469
DELTA  48,910              211,405
BAYELSA  361,209        5,194
RIVERS    1,468,075      69,238
IMO        559,185           133,253
ANAMBRA  660,762      17,926
EBONYI      322,663       19,518        
 BENUE         73,738       86,030   
NASSARAWA   273,460   236,838
PLATEAU      549615       429,140
KANO          215,779       1,903,999
KATSINA   98,937           1,345,441
JIGAWA   142,904           885,988
BAUCHI    113,912           686,646
TARABA   171,570           125,340
ENUGU     553,003           14,157
CROSS RIVER  414,863      28,368
AKWA IBOM   953,304     58,411
GOMBE         96,873         361,245
ABIA   368,303                 13,394
YOBE    19,010                 282,504      ADAMAWA  156,000         226,735
BORNO       26,098             747,094
EKITI  176,466                120,331

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