Sunny. Hot.

7 day
  • Friday 21-33°c Mostly sunny. Hot. Mostly sunny. Hot.
    Saturday 21-33°c More sun than clouds. Hot. More sun than clouds. Hot.
    Sunday 21-32°c More sun than clouds. Hot. More sun than clouds. Hot.
    Monday 22-31°c Morning clouds. Warm. Morning clouds. Warm.
    Tuesday 22-33°c More sun than clouds. Hot. More sun than clouds. Hot.
    Wednesday 23-32°c Haze. Warm. Haze. Warm.
More News

Buhari praises Jonathan for peaceful handover

2015-04-01 08:45
Muhammadu Buhari
Muhammadu Buhari. (File: AFP)

Abuja - Election winner Muhammadu Buhari congratulated outgoing president Goodluck Jonathan for peacefully relinquishing power on Wednesday, a day after becoming the first Nigerian politician to unseat a sitting leader at the ballot box.

"President Jonathan was a worthy opponent and I extend the hand of fellowship to him," Buhari told journalists and supporters to loud applause.

"We have proven to the world that we are people who have embraced democracy. We have put one-party state behind us."

The margin of victory - Buhari got 15.4 million votes to Jonathan's 13.3 million - was enough to prevent any legal challenge.

Also Read: Abubakar praises Buhari and Jonathan for historic polls

In an unprecedented step, Jonathan called Buhari to concede defeat and issued a statement urging his supporters to accept the result, a signal of deepening democracy in Africa's most populous nation that few had expected.

The rules state he must officially hand over on May 29.

His rival All Progressives Congress Party (APC) wasted no time in crowning him a "hero" for his good sportsmanship.

Jonathan's People's Democratic Party (PDP) has been in charge since the end of army rule in 1999 but had been losing support due to several oil sector corruption scandals and killings by Islamist militants in the northeast.

"You voted for change and now change has come," Buhari said.

More In This Category
Lasun emerges new Deputy Speaker

Hon Yusuf Sulaimon Lasun has been elected as the new Deputy Speaker of the 8th Assembly..

APC rejects Saraki, Dogara

The All Progressives Congress has rejected the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara as Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively.

El-Rufai downsizes ministries from 19 to 13

Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State has reduced the number of ministries in the state from 19 to 13 for effective service delivery.

Political thugs disrupt Katsina Assembly inauguration

Political thugs are alleged to have disrupted the 8th Katsina State House Assembly inauguration proceedings.

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
News24 |   OLX  |   PriceCheck  |   Careers24