Buhari claims victory in historic Nigerian vote

Muhammadu Buhari

ABUJA, March 31 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) declared an election victory on Tuesday for former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari and said Africa’s most populous nation was witnessing history with its first democratic transfer of power.

“The people of Nigeria have taken over,” an ecstatic APC spokesman Lai Mohammed told Reuters at the house in the capital where Buhari, a sandal-wearing Muslim ascetic watching the results on television.

“This is the first time in Nigeria that a sitting government will be voted out of power using purely democratic means.”

The count showed Buhari steamrolling to a landslide against President Goodluck Jonathan, whose People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has made no comment since the scale of the political earthquake in Nigeria — Africa’s biggest economy and top oil producer — has become apparent.

With just one of 36 states left to declare, Buhari’s APC had 15.1 million votes versus 11.7 for Jonathan and the PDP, according to a Reuters tally…

  • Another ugly Muslim – at least President Goodluck, who preceded him, had a cool pimp look. (Other than that, 99.9% of the African politicians are crooks.)

  • cmh

    they’re all muslim….there’s no democracy in their country

  • Stronger than Dirt

    Many, many ballot votes were discarded due to ‘technical’ issues in south Nigeria , Goodluck’s stronghold …

  • Everyone Else

    one man, one vote, one time.

    say goodbye to elections in Nigeria

    say hello to another failed state Islamic hell hole

    • BillyHW

      Looks like they don’t want their girls back.

  • ed

    50% muslim 40% Christian 10 % other = civil war just wait and see

  • This is bad news, for Africa, for the free world.

  • I will miss Goodluck’s hats.

    • Frau Katze

      The Islamic hats get pretty monotonous (except for the famous Nigerian rabbit ears, but they’re not for regular pols).

  • Pontifex Maximus

    Nigeria will completely balkanize; 175,000,000 Nigerians are about to lose everything! http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/82/Cannibalism_on_Tanna.jpeg/1280px-Cannibalism_on_Tanna.jpeg

  • Hard Little Machine

    This new leader was installed by Obama. He couldn’t topple Israel so he had to settle for another Nigerian genocide at the hands of Islam.

  • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

    “turbulent democracies.” I can’t even bother finishing to read this article. It doesn’t matter who got in. They’re all corrupt and deadly beyond anything we would know or even consider.

  • Not just a Muslim but a military strongman who has helped in a coup or two. He has been accused of human rights abuses but is praised for other things. He was popular during this election because Jonathan proved to be useless in a crisis.