The 2015 General Election Appraisal

15 March 2016 by Election Reports 315 Views
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The year 1999 was the return of Nigeria to democracy, from military transition to a civilian democratic rule, which is now 16 years under the civilian administration. The current democratic dispensation is in its fourth electoral cycle and a culture of citizen engagement has begun to take root.

Despite the numerous challenges confronting the institutionalization of a strong democratic ethos, particularly in relation to the conduct of credible and violence-free elections, election management and citizen participation in the electoral process have improved over the years though still face with violence and election malpractice.

The 2015 general election which was held on the March 28th, with the Presidential and National Assemble Election conducted by the Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC), the opposition party, the All Progressive Congress (APC), won the Presidential election, securing 15 million as against Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 12million votes and as well 60 of 109 Senate and 214 of 360 House of Representative seats in the National Assembly. The outcome of the result indicates that the All Progressive Congress (APC) will enjoy a majority in the legislative arm of government and control the executive affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 

This act of victory was once again demonstrated in the Governorship and State House of Assemble election held on Saturday 11th April 2015, across the states of the Federal except in Bayelsa, Edo, Kogi, Anambra, Ondo, Osun and Ekiti where Governorship election did not hold though the House of Assembly election was conducted.  The APC’s success was also repeated in the elections, winning a total of 19 states, PDP 7, and 3 inconclusive elections in Imo, Abia , Taraba State. 

By casting their vote for the All Progressive Congress (APC)  Nigerians seem to be supporting their message of change bringing to an end the16 years of rule by  the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and paving way for a new government to pilot the affairs of Nigeria. This is an indication that Nigerians have spoken through their votes,  this year election has be dramatic, with President Goodluck Jonathan conceding  defeats, and some governors who vice for senatorial  seats were reject by their people. However some states were able to retain party royalty and control. 

Although the election in some parts of the country was mad by violence resulting in the loss of lives and properties. President Goodluck Jonathan should be commended for the act of statesmanship and selflessness to congratulate General Muhammadu Buhari before the final collation of results.  This action also showed what true democracy is and laid the foundation for losers to congratulate winners. 

It is important to note that Nigeria unity should be seen as important by all sundry.  The peace, security and stability of the nation lays in the hands of Nigerians alone and only Nigerians can make it work for the betterment of all.

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