Jonathan called Buhari, concede Defeat

Jonathan called Buhari, concede Defeat

Jonathan called Buhari to concede, a spokesman
for Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC)

The outcome, following a highly competitive,
expensive and at times vicious campaign, was
hailed by analysts as a milestone for the advance
of democracy on the continent. It marks the first
time in Nigeria’s history that an opposition party
has democratically taken control of the country
from the ruling party.

The APC spokesman praised Jonathan for
conceding. “There had always been this fear that he might not want to concede but he will remain a hero for this move. The tension will go down dramatically,” said Lai Mohammed.

“Anyone who tries to foment trouble on the
account that they have lost the election will be
doing so purely on his own.”

Buhari, 72, first tasted power a generation ago as a military dictator, only to be ousted after 20
months and jailed. The former army general has campaigned as a born-again democrat intent on cleaning up the corrupt politics of the continent’s
largest economy and most populous nation.
It was his fourth run at the presidency since
1999. His chances were boosted by frustration
over endemic corruption, criticism over Jonathan’s handling of Boko Haram’s six-year uprising and a well organised opposition.

Tensions mounted as both voting and the
collation of results had to be extended by a day
each. The second day of vote-counting got off to
a dramatic start when a member of the ruling
party disrupted proceedings to accuse the electoral chief of bias.


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