UN Secretary-General Describes Conduct of Presidential Poll as a Testament to Nigeria’s Democratic Spirit

By CHINYERE Ogbonna- The UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, has commended the conduct of last Saturday’s presidential poll describing it as “a testament” to Nigeria’s “democratic spirit”.

Mr Ban also commended President Jonathan for “his statesmanship in upholding the democratic process”.

He applauded INEC for organising the elections in a professional and credible “manner under challenging circumstances”.

UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon

UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon

The UN Secretary-General also appealed to all Nigerians to accept the outcome of the elections.

He expressed the hope that the same democratic spirit would be echibited in the conduct of the governorship and State Aassembly elections on April 11.

General Muhammadu Buhari was declared the winner of the Presidential election in the early hours of Wednesday and has received his Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He defeated Nigeria’s incumbent President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, in a keenly contested election which held on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

Before handing over the certificate to General Buhari, the INEC boss Professor Attahiru Jega, pledged that the commission would continue to do its best, under all circumstances, to ensure free, fair and credible elections