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Presidential poll: Ban Ki-Moon congratulates Buhari


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has congratulated President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 general elections. Ban in a statement issued on Tuesday night in New York, said he had spoken to Jonathan and Buhari on the outcome of the polls as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Buhari was announced the winner by the electoral umpire, Prof. Attahiru Jega, ahead of incumbent, Goodluck Jonathan in a keenly contested March 28 election. Buhari polled 15,424,921votes to defeat Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who got 12,853,162 votes.

Ban commended Jonathan for his leadership qualities throughout the electoral process and his statesmanship in upholding the democratic process.  He also applauded the INEC for organising the elections in a professional and credible “manner under challenging circumstances”.  The UN Chief called on all Nigerians to accept the outcome of the elections.

Ban also appeals to them to address any complaints they may have through existing legal and constitutional channels.  The Secretary-General said the successful conduct of the polls was a testimony to the maturity of Nigeria’s democracy.  He expressed hope that the same democratic spirit would prevail in the conduct of the governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections on April 11.


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