Presidential candidate of Nigeria's leading opposition All Progressive Congress, Mohammadu Buhari, meets with US Secretary of State at the US Consulate in Lagos January 25, 2015. US Secretary of State John Kerry said today that peaceful and timely el ~ AKINTUNDE AKINLEYE
Abuja - Russia has pledged its support and commitment to ensuring the success of Nigeria’s incoming administration as well as deepening relations between the two countries.
The European country made the pledge through its Representative Office in Abuja.
Russia welcomed the conduct of Nigerians during the just-ended polls saying the elections were a major stage in the West African country’s democratic development.
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“Presidential elections took place in Nigeria on March 28-29. According to the official report of the Independent Election Commission, opposition candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Muhammadu Buhari, won the presidency with 53.95 per cent of the vote. His inauguration ceremony is scheduled for May 29 of this year,” the Office noted.
It added that international observers recognised the elections as free and fair.
“Observers from the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the European Union and a number of African NGOs recognised the elections as free and fair. They did not record any serious violations that might have affected the voting,” the Office state.