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Nigeria:Jonathan wins Nigerian presidential election

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Laaska News April 19,2011

File photo taken on Sept. 24, 2010 shows Nigerian President Jonathan delivering a speech during the 65th UN General Assembly conference in New York, the United States. Goodluck Jonathan from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wins the Nigerian presidential election, announced the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)

ABUJA, April 18 (Xinhua) — Goodluck Jonathan from the ruling People’ s Democratic Party (PDP) has won the Nigerian presidential election, announced the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday.

According to the result released here by INEC Chairman Attairu Jega, the PDP won 22,495,187, the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) 12,214,852, the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) 917,012, and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) 2,791, 051.

The valid votes totalled 37,716,842 out of 73 million registered voters, representing about 50 percent voter turnout.

The Nigerian leader garnered 59.64 percent of the votes cast, Maj.Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (CPC) 32.38 percent, Nuhu Ribadu (ACN) 5. 54 and Ibrahim Shekarau (ANPP) 2.43 percent.

The law requires a simple majority or 51 percent.

The PDP candidate won in 23 states, including 16 out of the 17 southern states and seven northern states of Kwara, Kogi, Nasarawa, Benue, Plateau, Adamawa and Taraba and FCT.

He also scored 31 percent in 32 states and FCT, surpassing the constitutional requirement of at least a quarter of the votes cast in at least 24 states.

However, in Bauchi, Borno, Kano and Yobe, Jonathan did not meet the 25 percent requirement.

The CPC candidate, Buhari, won in 12 states, all in the north.

Xinhua.

 

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