Johannesburg - South Africa's official opposition has
congratulated Nigeria on the outcome of polls and Muhammadu Buhari on his election as
The Democratic Alliance (DA) believes the election is
significant as it is the first time in Nigeria's history that an opposition
party has democratically taken control of the country from the ruling party.
This signals the first democratic transition of
government in Nigeria in the last 16 years, Stevens Mokgalapa, DA Shadow
Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, said.
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"The DA has long held that the undemocratic
installation of any government should not be tolerated by the people of any
particular nation," he said.
He described the conduct of the elections in Nigeria as
"This (Wednesday') morning’s announcement is welcome
news and the DA hopes that this will be the case for Nigerian general elections
to come and that other African nations marred by election irregularities can
aspire to make this progress in future."
This is a good sign of a maturing democracy and we trust
that this democratic practice will continue to be further entrenched in Nigeria
and throughout the rest of Africa, said Mokgalapa.
Buhari of the opposition All Progressives Congress
defeated incumbent Goodluck Jonathan in a fiercely-contested polls.