African Union Hails Nigerian Presidential Election
The African Union (AU) on Sunday hailed Nigeria's elections, saying the country has appeared to have ended its reputation for badly flawed elections where rigged polls have been the norm.
Former Ghanian President John Kufuor says Nigeria could send an example for Africa with at least a dozen more African polls due this year.
[John Kufuor, Former Ghanian President]:
"The people of Nigeria, all over, have of course shown determination to exercise franchise, and give themselves the leader they want, and it's refreshing.”
President Goodluck Jonathan took an unassailable lead on Sunday as votes were tallied from around the country, despite a strong showing by rival Muhammady Buhari in his mainly-Muslim strongholds.
Buhari, a former military ruler from the arid, dustblown north, was hoping to at least force a second round against Jonathan, the first head of state from the swamps and creeks of the oil-producing Niger Delta.
But that looked impossible with a tally of results from 30 of 36 states across Africa's most populous nation showing Jonathan with 20.3 million votes to 10.4 million for Buhari.
There were not enough registered voters in the remaining states for Buhari to make up the difference.
Kufuor said the conduct of the elections were fair and credible and any questions of fraud would be misplaced.