NEWS: INEC declares Buhari President-elect

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INEC declares Buhari President-elect

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Wednesday declared the candidate  of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari, winner of Saturday’s presidential election.

The Chairman of the Commission, Attahiru Jega, who announced the final result at exactly 2.55 a.m. Wednesday, after days of collation of results from across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, said Mr. Buhari polled a total 15,424,921 votes.

On the other hand, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, President  Goodluck Jonathan, scored 12,853,162 votes.

Declaring the final result, the INEC Chairman said Mr. Buhari and the APC also satisfied the constitutional requirement by scoring at least 25 per cent of votes in 27 states.

9 vehicles, 2 buildings destroyed in tanker fire

On Tuesday activities in Ada George Road in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Rivers State, came to a halt  after a tanker laden with petrol fell on the road and went up in flames.

Though no life was lost, nine vehicles parked closed to the point of the incident were destroyed, while two buildings were gutted by the fire.

It was gathered that the tanker driver was speeding as he tried to negotiate a sharp bend along Ada George Road. The tanker was said to have fall on its side, injuring the assistant driver.

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Suspects flee Ekiti prison, lead robbery gang

Two suspects, who allegedly escaped during the jailbreak in Ekiti State, have been arrested by the Oyo State Police Command for armed robbery in the Saki and Ogbomoso areas of the state.

It was gathered that the suspects ─ Bolaji Olawumi and John Isaac ─ who allegedly led an eight-man gang of robbers, were among the prisoners who fled from the Federal Prison, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, on December 1, 2014.

It had been reported that gunmen, numbering about 60, stormed the prison in Hilux vans with weapons, including cutlasses and AK-47 rifles and freed some inmates.

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Buhari’s victory shows maturity of democracy” in Nigeria – AU

African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Wednesday congratulated Muhammadu Buhari for winning Nigeria’s presidential election, praising outgoing leader Goodluck Jonathan for “graciously accepting the results.”

Dlamini-Zuma, in a statement released at the Ethiopian headquarters of the 54-member AU bloc, said the result “demonstrates the maturity of democracy” in Nigeria.

The AU Commission chief added that she hoped the people “will be united in facing the challenges of stability, security and development in their country.”

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