From the announcement of the March 28 Presidential election early today by the chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, it was clear that General Muhammadu Buhari won the election by whiskers.
He won by managing to secure more than 25 percent of votes cast in 24 states, thereby escaping a run-off vote. To win the election, Buhari had needed more than 50 percent of the total votes nationally – and take at least 25 percent of the vote in two thirds of the states.
Nigeria’s electoral commission officially declared Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) the winner of the election, defeating incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.
Buhari beat Jonathan and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) by more than 2 million votes. He received 15.4 million votes to Jonathan’s 12.9 million.
Buhari was declared the winner after he gained 2.7 million more votes than his rival, incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. [myad]