Nigeria Decides 2015: ECOWAS congratulates Nigeria for successful election

Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has congratulated Nigeria for a successful presidential election that has seen the opposition candidate, retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, triumph over President Goodluck Jonathan.

A statement, released on Wednesday by Ghana’s President and chairman of ECOWAS, John Dramani Mahama, said the sub-regional grouping had received with deep satisfaction, the declaration of the results of the 28 March Nigerian Presidential and Parliamentary elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“On behalf of the Community, I wish to congratulate the Government and people of Nigeria on this great achievement,” President Mahama said.

“ECOWAS notes the peaceful and transparent conduct of the election, and congratulates Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who emerged the winner from the results, while commending the leadership and statesmanship demonstrated by Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), by accepting the results and congratulating the winning candidate,” the statement added.

It said ECOWAS also noted the “high sense of duty and professionalism” exhibited by the INEC led by Prof. Attahiru Jega, “which was a significant factor in the success of the elections”.

“ECOWAS commends the people of Nigeria for the determination and courage demonstrated throughout the period of the elections.

“This is a clear indication of the collective commitment of the Nigerian stakeholders towards strengthening democracy and good governance in line with our Community Protocols.”

ECOWAS urges all political parties, candidates, their supporters and the general public to accept the verdict of the Electoral Commission, continue to observe the atmosphere of peace and employ exclusively legal and constitutional means to seek redress for any grievances.

While Buhari scored 15,424,921 votes, his closest contestant, Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), won 12,853,162 votes.

Both met the requirement of scoring at least 25% of the votes cast in at least two-thirds of the country's 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. However, Buhari got the majority of the votes, thus emerging winner.

It was the fourth time that Buhari, 72, was contesting for the country's highest political office, after also running in 2003, 2007 and 2011.

Unlike in the past three elections, the retired army general ran on the platform of a multi-party coalition, APC, which was formed less than two years ago.

He previously ruled Nigeria from 1984 to 1985 as a military leader.
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01 أبريل 2015 07:21:52

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