Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Goodluck Jonathan Declared Winner of Presidential Poll

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Monday evening declared President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the winner of the presidential election held across the country last Saturday.

Jega, who declared Jonathan as winner of the poll at about 8.34 pm at a news briefing in Abuja, said the PDP candidate stands elected as President having satisfied the constitutional reguirements for the position.

The INEC Chairman said Jonathan apart from scoring the highest number of votes in the poll also scored more than the mandatory 25 percent of the total number of votes cast in two thirds of the 36 states of the federation and FCT.

According to him, Jonathan apart from scoring the highest number of votes cast - 22,495,187 - also scored more than 25 percent of the total votes cast in 31 states and FCT.

Jega, who announced the results in his capacity as Chief Returning Officer of the presidential election as provided for by both the nation's constitution and the Electoral Act, said other candidates and their total number of votes include:

  • Nuhu Ribadu of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, [2,079,151],

  • Ibrahim Shekarau of All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, [917,012], and

  • Muhammadu Buhari of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, who came a distant second with 12,214,853 votes.

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