The Independent National Election Commission (INEC) declared All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Muhammadu Buhari president-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
President-elect Muhammadu Buhari’s All Progressives Congress won the 2015 Nigeria presidential elections by a comfortable margin of 2, 571, 759 votes after securing a total of 15,424,921 against Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) 12,853,162 votes.
The announcement by INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega was met with jubilation from many in the streets of Abuja and Lagos, many of whom sensed president-elect Buhari’s impending victory in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
International election monitors lauded Nigeria’s 2015 presidential elections as free and fair. The European Union Election Monitoring Commission and African Union announced yesterday that Nigeria’s election satisfied regional and international standards.
The 2015 presidential campaigns at times took dramatic turns with fears over new INEC anti-corruption provisions like Permanent Voters Cards (PVC), the decision to postpone elections originally slated for February, attempts to remove INEC Chairman Jega, the escalating war between Nigeria’s security services and Boko Haram, and revelation of President Jonathan’s involvement with illegally rigging the Ekiti State gubernatorial election in 2014.
Muhammadu Buhari will be under enormous pressure because he is the first candidate in Nigeria’s history to successfully dislodge an incumbent head of state through elections. President-elect Buhari will also need to contend with the expecations of the Nigerian public to deliver on his campaign promises of economic reform, job creation for unemployed youth, electricity and ICT infrastructure improvement, and holding government officials and ministries accountable for corruption.
President-elect Buhari is set to be sworn in on May 29th, 2015.