Buhari Wins,Thanks Nigerians, Urges Peaceful Celebrations.

General Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler and candidate of the opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC), has won the presidential election conducted on Saturday in Nigeria.
His opponent, incumbent President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has however called him and a leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu to concede defeat and congratulated him and his party.
Buhari, who contested on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, polled a total of 15,416,221 votes to defeat the incumbent and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, President Goodluck Jonathan, who got 12,853,162 votes.
The APC candidate got the highest number of votes in 21 states while. Jonathan prevailed in 15 states and Abuja.
Buhari has also met the constitutional requirement to be declared President-elect by getting more than one quarter of the votes in 27 states.
The APC candidate won in Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara.
President Jonathan on the other hand prevailed in Rivers, Plateau, Taraba, Nasarawa, Imo, Enugu, Ekiti, Edo, Delta, Ebonyi, Cross River, Bayelsa, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Abia and the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja).
As at press time, the Independent National Electoral Commission is yet to announce Gen. Buhari’s victory because the commission is still expecting results of the presidential election from Borno.
The retired army officer’s journey to the presidency began in 2003 when he contested under the platform of the now defunct All Peoples Party (APP).
That year, he got 12.7 million votes to lose to Olusegun Obasanjo, also a retired army officer, who was seeking a second term as president.
Despite picking a southerner, the late Chuba Okadigbo, as a running mate, Gen. Buhari got a huge chunk of his votes from the north.
Four years later, Buhari, contesting under the ANPP, attempted another shot at the presidency, this time going head to head with a fellow northerner, Umar Yar’adua of the PDP.
Despite still picking a southerner as a running mate, his performance in 2007 was far worse than that of 2003 – he polled a meagre 6.6 million votes while the eventual winner got thrice his vote.
By 2011, Buhari helped found another party, the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and, once again, he aimed a shot at becoming president.
On April, 16, 2011, he ran against the incumbent, President Jonathan. He polled 12.2 million votes to lose to President Jonathan who got almost twice his votes.
On February 6, 2013, the APC was founded.
Meanwhile Muhammadu Buhari, has issued an interim message of thanks and gratitude to Nigerians for choosing him and his party over and above the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate, the incumbent President, President Jonathan Goodluck.
The party declared victory after President Jonathan called Gen. Buhari at 5:15pm to make a concession and congratulate the winner.
A statement issued yesterday by the Director Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Garba Shehu, said the mood of the country as well as its current state did not warrant the type of wild celebrations reportedly going on in some cities across the country.
Buhari said anybody happy with the victory of the APC in the presidential election will not be involved in the molestation of opponents or the destruction of their property.
“He or she is not with me, whoever does that,” Buhari said.
In another development former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat to Gen. Muhammadu Buhari for winning Saturday’s election.
Abdulsalami, who is the Head of the 2015 Elections Peace Committee, gave the commendation while speaking with State House correspondents after his committee met President Jonathan at the new Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja.
He said that the committee was in the Villa to ensure peace was maintained in the country and that he was happy that President Jonathan had already called Gen. Buhari before the committee arrived at the Villa.
He said: “We were here to ensure peace is maintained at this moment we thank Nigerians and all international community who came to support during the elections.
“The elections have been very peaceful despite the hitches here and there. At the end of the elections, at the counting that there are a lot of upheavals that have happened but thankfully they have been contained.
“We were at the middle of a meeting with the international observers to try to see how we can still water the tension down, when gladly I called Gen. Buhari that we are going to see him, he told me that Mr. President has called him at about 5:15 p.m. and congratulated him and conceded defeat.
“We were spell bound and the reason we have come here is to thank President Jonathan for this statesmanship. In the history of Nigeria I think this is the first time where a contestant has called his rival to congratulate him and through this point, President Jonathan maintained a point that the blood of Nigerians is not worth his presidency and by his action he has proved that.”
“He has proven to be a man of his word‎ because during our interaction on this peace committee he has always maintained that he is going to accept the result of the elections whichever way it is done. And he has proved this.
“And I think we need Nigerians, all of us to join hands in making sure we assist him in the peaceful handing over. And I will appeal to all politicians ‎those who are celebrating and those who are sorrowing to please give peace a chance to be moderate.”
Members of the Peace Committee that met the President included former military Chief of General Staff, Naval Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe; Cardinal John Onaiyekan; Primate of the Anglican Church (Nigerian Communion), Nicholas Okoh; former president of the Nigeria Bar Association, Priscilia Kuye; the President’s Special Adviser on Inter-party Affairs, Ben Obi; and ‎prominent industrialist, Aliko Dangote.