General Muhammadu Buhari won Presidential Election of Nigeria

Apr 1, 2015 16:50 IST

General Muhammadu Buhari won the Presidential Election of Nigeria. Election commission of Nigeria declared the result on 31 March 2015.  Muhammadu Buhari defeated Goodluck Jonathan.

His party All Progressives Congress (APC) secured 15424921 votes and Goodluck Jonathan's People's Democratic Party (PDP) secured 12853162 votes.

He defeated Goodluck Jonathan by more than 2.5 million votes. General Muhammadu Buhari is a former military ruler. 

It is the fourth time that General Buhari has sought the presidency.  He ruled Nigeria from January 1984 until August 1985, taking charge after a military coup in December 1983.

He became the first opposition candidate to win a presidential election in Nigeria.

Nigeria is the most populous country of Africa, has its largest economy and is its leading oil producer.

About Presidential System

The Nigerian general election of 2015 was the 5th quadrennial election to be held since the end of military rule in 1999.

Voters elect the President and members to the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Article 134 (2) of the Nigerian Constitution stipulates that a presidential candidate will be duly elected after attaining both the highest number of votes cast; and has received at least a quarter of the votes at each of at least two-thirds of all the states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of Abuja.

If no candidate satisfies the requirement, a second election will be held between the two leading candidates within seven days from the pronouncement of the result.

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