The Nigeria 2015 election live results are in, and it appears that opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari has notched a surprising victory over President Goodluck Jonathan.
With most of the votes now counted, the former military leader is ahead of incumbent Jonathan by roughly three million votes. Analysts believe that with few votes still remaining to be counted, the margin is too large for Goodluck Jonathan to overcome.
“We knew that we had the numbers last night, but dealing with the type of government we have, we have never really felt we are out of the woods,” said Garba Shehu, a campaign spokesman for Mr. Buhari’s party, the All Progressives Congress. “Clearly we have won it. We are going to the party headquarters now and the presidential candidate will declare victory.”
The election has been filled with allegations of fraud and a series of difficulties at the polls, including attacks and technical glitches
The election was already held up several weeks due to militant attacks in Nigeria. Voting was originally slated for mid February, but was pushed back until the end of March after a series of attacks from Boko Haram.
The militant group again launched attacks during the current round of voting, including some that left voters dead.
Observers are worried that more violence could be to come. When Goodluck Jonathan defeated Buhari in the previous election it led to widespread protests and demonstration, and the clashes led to more than 800 people being killed.
There were also concerns from the international community about this year’s election.
“So far, we have seen no evidence of systemic manipulation of the process,” said the statement from UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. “But there are disturbing indications that the collation process, where the votes are finally counted, may be subject to deliberate political interference.”
There were technical problems for the current voting as well. Al Jazeera noted many glitches with the new system for reading voting cards and biometric card-reading machines. Goodluck Jonathan himself had to wait 20 minutes at his polling station after the system could not read his fingerprint.
There were some hacking attacks as well, including an attack on the INEC’s official website that left the message: “Struck by Nigerian Cyber Army!”
If the Nigeria 2015 election results hold up, the win for Muhammadu Buhari will be the first time that an opposition candidate has ever won in Nigeria.
Live results from the 2015 Nigeria presidential election can be found here or here. Stay tuned for more details on the 2015 Nigeria election.
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