BREAKING: Buhari is new Nigeria president
from OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – FORMER Nigerian military ruler Muhammadu Buhari has landed the top post in Africa’s most populous nation – Nigeria after dislodging incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan in the elections observers and local citizens described as credible, fair and most democratic.
Though the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were yet to make final pronouncement, Buhari’s lead was unassailable at 15.4 million votes against Jonathan’s 13.3 million.
The INEC kept announcing the results of the remaining two states, but mathematically, Buhari had commanded an unassailable lead, which prompted the incumbent to concede defeat.
Wild celebrations greeted Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos, with taxi operators, buses, local residents and supporters of All Progressive Congress (APC) singing and dancing.
The mood was almost the same at the country’s administrative capital Abuja and Port Harcourt as the news filtered that Jonathan had conceded defeat.
“Despite losing, Jonathan will be remembered in the history of Nigeria for being a true democrat!
“Usually, sitting African presidents, wielding powers of the military, police and all state security apparatus would not concede defeat, but Jonathan showed political maturity and tolerance,” said Martin Okeke, a political scientist based in Lagos.
The victory would automatically make Buhari the first Nigerian military ruler to return to power through democratic processes as opposed to coup.
Over the past three decades, Nigeria has been ruled by military juntas against the will of the majority.
On the other hand, the former ruling party of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) supporters remained clamed and composed as the APC hooted, chanted and celebrated the victory.
APC spokesman, Lai Mohammed confirmed the outcome ahead of the INEC pronouncement saying the will of masses should be respected.
– CAJ News
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