ABOUT NIGERIAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2015

The Nigerian general election of 2015 will be the 5th quadrennial election to be held since the end of military rule in 1999. Voters will elect the President and Members to the House of Representatives and the Senate. The incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan will be seeking a second and final term. It was first scheduled to be held on 14 February 2015, then postponed by six weeks to 28 March 2015.

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Article 134 (2) of the Nigerian Constitution stipulates that the a presidential candidate will be duly elected after attaining both the highest number of votes cast; and has received at least a quarter of the votes at each of at least two-thirds of all the states and the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja. If no candidate satisfies the requirement, a second election will be held between the two leading candidates within seven days from the pronouncement of the result.

PARTY PRIMARIES

People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

It had long been assumed that incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan would run for re-election, as despite declining approval ratings, he was still thought to be popular and had several high-profile supporters.Jonathan officially confirmed his candidacy on 11 November at a rally in Abuja, announcing to cheering supporters:

“After seeking the face of God, and in the quiet of my family, and after listening to the clarion call of Nigerians, I have accepted to present myself to serve a second term.”

Jonathan ran unopposed in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) primaries on 10 December 2014, receiving the nomination of the party. However, this was against an unwritten rule that the PDP’s presidential candidacy should alternate between Muslim northerners and Christian southerners, and opposition to Jonathan’s candidacy had led to the defection of “dozens” of PDP Legislators in the House of Representatives.

All Progressives Congress (APC)

Prior to the elections, the All Progressives Congress was formed as an alliance of four opposition parties, the Action Congress of Nigeria, the Congress for Progressive Change, the All Nigeria Peoples Party, and the All Progressives Grand Alliance.

Its primaries, also held on 10 December, were won by former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari who defeated Kano State Governor Rabiu  Kwankwaso, former Vice President Atiku AbubakarImo State Governor Rochas Okorocha and newspaper editor Sam Nda Isaiah. On December 17, APC chose Professor Yemi Osinbajo as the running mate of General M. Buhari.

As of February 2015, “Though the APC’s voter base is in the north, it enjoys support all over the country, unlike the opposition in 2011.

 

CANDIDATES

Fourteen candidates will contest in the presidential election.

The main opposition Goodluck Jonathan faces is from Muhammadu Buhari of the APC. While inaugurating a 250-bed Orthopaedic Hospital in Wamakko, Buhari said: “We will stop corruption and make the ordinary people, the weak and the vulnerable our top priority.”

Nominee Running mate Party Acronym
Allagoa Chinedu Arabamhen Mary Peoples Party of Nigeria PPN
Ambrose Owuru Haruna Shaba Hope Party HOPE
Ayeni Adebayo Anthony Ologbosere African Peoples Alliance APA
Chekwas Okorie Bello Umar United Progressive Party UPP
Comfort Sonaiya Seidu Bobboi KOWA Party KOWA
Ganiyu Galadima Ojengbede Farida Allied Congress Party of Nigeria ACPN
Godson Okoye Haruna Adamu United Democratic Party UDP
Goodluck Jonathan Namadi Sambo People’s Democratic Party PDP
Mani Ahmad Obianuju Murphy-Uzohue African Democratic Congress ADC
Martin Onovo Ibrahim Mohammed National Conscience Party NCP
Muhammadu Buhari Yemi Osinbajo All Progressives Congress APC
Rufus Salawu Akuchie Cliff Alliance for Democracy AD
Sam Eke Hassana Hassan Citizens Popular Party CPP
Tunde Anifowose-Kelani Ishaka Ofemile Accord Alliance AA

 

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigerian_general_election,_2015