Leader of Africa’s largest economy to be known Tuesday

Buhari, Jonathan

Buhari, Jonathan

from OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE President of Africa’s biggest economy and most populous country – Nigeria will be known late on Tuesday when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announces the winner of a closely-contested and incident-filled election.

Predictably, the contest has turned to be a two-man race between former
military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, and incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan of the All Progressives Congress and People’s Democratic Party

At the time of going to press, the INEC was scheduled to announce another batch of results following the release of another set on Monday.

With three quarters of states counted in the election, Buhari was leading
the incumbent Goodluck Jonathan by 2 million votes on Monday night.

Tension has characterised the period, with the United States and United
States fearing the process will be compromised.

“There are disturbing indications that the collation process – where the
votes are finally counted – may be subject to deliberate political
interference,” US Secretary of State, John Kerry, and UK Foreign Secretary
Philip, Hammond, said in a joint statement.

“This would contravene the letter and spirit of the Abuja Accord, to which
both major parties committed themselves.”

Locals are meanwhile following the poll outcome with keen interest.

“The outcome will be a close shave! Buhari has been making some inroads in the north while Jonathan is doubling that in the south, but we have to see the factor of the neutrals at play. The neutrals will play a crucial
role here,” said Mohammed Kechi, an elderly muslim from Port Harcourt.

“The interest shown by our people in voting for the elections shows that
the local citizens want a say in their country without being gagged,
controlled or threatened,” Kechi said.

In Abuja, suspense characterises the capital city. It is where the
announcement is ongoing. There is a significant presence of security

“We were scared of the situation after the election and the presence of
soldiers was responsible for the absence of people in the streets,” said
Musa Ahmed, a vendor.

The election was held on the back of a number of problems mostly the Boko Haram insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives as well as an economy that is on a downward spiral owing to the tumbling demand for oil.

With more than 173 million people, Nigeria is the continent’s biggest
country by population. Its economy surpassed South Africa’s last year as
the biggest.

Hence the international community watching proceedings closely.

– CAJ News

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