FACTOID # 4: Just 1% of the houses in Nevada were built before 1939.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
   
 
WHAT'S NEW
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Encyclopedia > Nigerian general election, 2007
This article documents a current event.
Information may change rapidly as the event progresses.
Nigeria

This article is part of the series:
Politics and government of
Nigeria
Image File history File links Current_event_marker. ... Image File history File links Nigeria_coa. ... Country name: conventional long form: Federal Republic of Nigeria conventional short form: Nigeria Data code: NI Government type: republic. ...



Nigeria Portal · Politics Portal
Other countries  view  talk  edit  The President of Nigeria is both head of government and head of state of Nigeria. ... Matthew Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo (born March 5, 1937) (GCFR;[1] transliterated: ) is a retired Nigerian Army General and President of Nigeria. ... A Vice-President of Nigeria is the second-in-command to the President of Nigeria. ... Seal of the Vice-President of Nigeria Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (Turakin Adamawa), GCON (born 25 November 1946) is the Vice-President of Nigeria. ... The Executive Branch of the Government of Nigeria has 19 Federal Ministries. ... // National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) State Security Service (SSS) Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) National Council on Privatisation (NCP) Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) Nigerian Communications... [1]Politics of Nigeria}} The National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is a bicameral legislature established under section 4 of the Nigerian Constitution and comprises a 109-member Senate and a 360-member House of Representatives. ... The Senate is the upper house of the National Assembly of Nigeria. ... The House of Representatives of Nigeria is the lower house of the countrys bicameral National Assembly. ... The Supreme Court of Nigeria is the highest court in Nigeria, and is located in the Central District, Abuja, in what is known as the Three Arms Zone, so called due to the close proximity of the offices of the Presidential Complex, the National Assembly, and the Supreme Court. ... Nigeria is currently divided into 36 states and one federal capital territory. ... The following table presents a listing of Nigerias state governors. ... Nigeria has 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs). ... Politics of Nigeria Categories: Election related stubs | Elections in Nigeria ... Political parties in Nigeria lists political parties in Nigeria. ... Since independence, with Jaja Wachuku as the first Minister of Foreign Affairs and Commonwealth Relations, later called External Affairs, Nigerian foreign policy has been characterized by a focus on Africa and by attachment to several fundamental principles: African unity and independence; peaceful settlement of disputes; nonalignment and nonintentional interference in... In its 2005 report on human rights practices around the world, the U.S. Department of State found that Nigerias human rights record was poor. ... Information on politics by country is available for every country, including both de jure and de facto independent states, inhabited dependent territories, as well as areas of special sovereignty. ...

The Nigerian general elections of 2007 were held on 14 April and 21 April 2007.[1] Governorship and state assembly elections were held on 14 April, while the presidential and national assembly elections were held a week later on 21 April. April 14 is the 104th day of the year (105th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 261 days remaining. ... April 21 is the 111th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (112th in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... April 14 is the 104th day of the year (105th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 261 days remaining. ... April 21 is the 111th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (112th in leap years). ...

Contents

Background

President Olusegun Obasanjo failed to secure a third term, as he was unsupported by Atiku Abubakar, his vice-president. Presidential candidates were announced in late December 2006, and 50,000 assault rifles were ordered to help the military maintain order during the election.[2] Umaru Yar'Adua contested the election for the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP), and the opposition All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) chose Muhammadu Buhari.[3] Atiku Abubakar, the current Vice-President, announced on 25 November 2006 that he would contest the election,[4] and he subsequently became the presidential candidate of the Action Congress in December.[5] Matthew Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo (born March 5, 1937) (GCFR;[1] transliterated: ) is a retired Nigerian Army General and President of Nigeria. ... Third Term Agenda is a term which was used to describe alleged, controversial attempts by supporters of Nigerian President Olusẹgun Ọbasanjọ to change the constitution to allow for a third term in office. ... Seal of the Vice-President of Nigeria Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (Turakin Adamawa), GCON (born 25 November 1946) is the Vice-President of Nigeria. ... Seal of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. ... The Peoples Democratic Party is a centrist political party in Nigeria. ... The All Nigeria Peoples Party is a conservative political party in Nigeria. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Seal of the Vice-President of Nigeria Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (Turakin Adamawa), GCON (born 25 November 1946) is the Vice-President of Nigeria. ... November 25 is the 329th (in leap years the 330th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The Action Congress is a Nigerian political party formed via the merger of the Alliance for Democracy, the Justice Party, the Advance Congress of Democrats, and several other minor political parties in September 2006. ...


States and Governors

The PDP controls 28 of the 36 states, but the largest city, Lagos, has been in the hands of the Alliance for the Democracy (AD) since 1999. Nigeria is currently divided into 36 states and one federal capital territory. ... This article is about the city in Nigeria. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...

State Population (Estimated in 2005) Governor Election Date Party
Abia State 4.222.476 Orji Uzor Kalu 29 May 1999 PPA (Elect in the Platform of the PDP)
Adamawa State 3.737.223 Boni Haruna 29 May 1999 PDP
Akwa Ibom State 4.805.451 Victor Attah 29 May 1999 PDP
Anambra State 7.821.858 Peter Obi 17 March 2006 APGA
Bauchi State 4.706.909 Adamu Mu'azu 29 May 1999 PDP
Bayelsa State 1.998.349 Goodluck Jonathan 9 December 2005 PDP
Benue State 5.181.642 George Akume 29 May 1999 PDP
Borno State 4.588.668 Ali Modu Sheriff 29 May 2003 ANPP
Cross River State 3.104.446 Donald Duke 29 May 1999 PDP
Delta State 4.710.214 James Ibori 29 May 1999 PDP
Ebonyi State 4.339.136 Sam Egwu 29 May 1999 PDP
Ẹdo State 3.497.502 Lucky Igbinedion 29 May 1999 PDP
Ekiti State 2.737.186 Tunji Olurin (military administrator) October 2006 PDP
Enụgụ State 5.590.513 Chimaroke Nnamani 29 May 1999 PDP
Gombe State 2.448.236 Mohammed Danjuma Goje 29 May 2003 PDP
Imo State 4.000.000 Achike Udenwa 29 May 1999 PDP
Jigawa State 4.988.888 Saminu Turaki 29 May 1999 ANPP
Kaduna State 4.849.075 Ahmed Makarfi 29 May 1999 PDP
Kano State 10.077.751 Ibrahim Shekarau 29 May 2003 ANPP
Katsina State 6.483.429 Umaru Yar'Adua 29 May 1999 PDP
Kebbi State 3.630.931 Adamu Aliero 29 May 1999 ANPP
Kogi State 3.595.789 Ibrahim Idris 29 May 2003 PDP
Kwara State 2.591.555 Bukola Saraki 29 May 2003 PDP
Lagos State 10.601.345 Bola Tinubu 29 May 1999 AC
Nassarawa State 2.040.097 Abdullahi Adamu 29 May 1999 PDP
Niger State 4.082.558 Abdulkadir Kure 29 May 1999 PDP
Ogun State 4.054.272 Gbenga Daniel 29 May 2003 PDP
Ondo State 4.011.407 Olusegun Agagu 29 May 2003 PDP
Ọsun State 4.137.627 Olagunsoye Oyinlola 29 May 2003 PDP
Ọyọ State 6.617.720 Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja 7 December 2006 PDP
Plateau State 3.553.440 Michael Botmang 13 November 2006 PDP
Rivers State 5.689.087 Peter Odili 29 May 1999 PDP
Sokoto State 4.244.399 Attahiru Bafarawa 29 May 1999 ANPP
Taraba State 2.688.944 Jolly Nyame 29 May 1999 PDP
Yobe State 2.532.395 Bukar Ibrahim 29 May 1999 ANPP
Zamfara State 3.602.356 Ahmed Sani Yerima 29 May 1999 ANPP

2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Governor Orji-Uzor Kalu Orji Uzor Kalu (b. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Adamawa is a state in northeastern Nigeria, with its capital at Yola, Nigeria. ... Boni Haruna (b. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Akwa Ibom is a state in Nigeria. ... Obong Victor Bassey Attah (b. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... // Anambra is a state in south-central Nigeria. ... Peter Obi (born 19 July 1961) has been governor of Anambra State in Nigeria since 16 March 2006 and was impeached by 16 members of the state house of assembly on 2 November 2006. ... March 17 is the 76th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (77th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Bauchi State is a state in northern Nigeria. ... Adamu Muazu Alhaji Ahmadu Adamu Muazu (b. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Bayelsa State is a state in southern Nigeria in the core Niger Delta region, between Delta State and Rivers State. ... Seal of the Vice-President of Nigeria Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (b. ... December 9 is the 343rd day (344th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Benue is a state in eastern Nigeria. ... George Akume (b. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Borno State is a state in north-eastern Nigeria. ... Ali Modu Sheriff has been governor of Borno State in Nigeria since 29 May 2003. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cross River is a state in southeastern Nigeria. ... Donald Duke (born 30 September 1961 in Calabar) has been the Governor of Cross River State since 1999. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... All the main characters (except the man on the left) Delta State is a Canadian cartoon, based on a comic book, featuring four amnesiac roommates with the ability to enter the Delta State, an ethereal realm. ... James Onanefe Ibori (b. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Ebonyi State is an inland south-eastern state of Nigeria, populated primarily by Igbos. ... Sam Ominyi Egwu (b. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Edo State is a state in Nigeria. ... Lucky Igbinedion (b. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Ekiti State is an inland south-western state of Nigeria. ... Major General Adetunji Idowu Ishola Olurin (rtd. ... Look up October in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... // Enugu State is an inland state in southeastern Nigeria. ... Chimaroke Nnamani Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani (EBEANO) (b. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Gombe is a state in north-eastern Nigeria, with its capital at Gombe. ... Mohammed Danjuma Goje has been governor of Gombe State in Nigeria since 29 May 2003. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Imo is in Southern Nigeria and was created on February 3, 1976. ... Achike Udenwa (born 1948) is the governor of Imo State, Nigeria. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Jigawa State is a state in central northern Nigeria. ... Alhaji Ibrahim Saminu Turaki (b. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Kaduna State is a state in central northern Nigeria. ... Ahmed Makarfi Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi (b. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Kano State is a state located in north-central Nigeria. ... Ibrahim Shekarau (b. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Katsina State is a state in northern Nigeria. ... Seal of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Kebbi State is a state in north-western Nigeria. ... Adamu Aliero Alhaji Muhammad Adamu Aliero (born 1959?) has been governor of Kebbi State in Nigeria since 29 May 1999. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Kogi is a state in the north-central zone of Nigeria. ... Ibrahim Idris (b. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kwara State is a state in western Nigeria. ... Dr. Bukola Saraki (b. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... // History Lagos State, Nigeria was created on May 27, 1967 by virtue of State (Creation and Transitional Provisions) Decree No. ... Bola Tinubu Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (b. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Nassarawa State is a state in central Nigeria. ... Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu (b. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Niger State is a state in the Middle West of Nigeria. ... Abdulkadir Kure has been governor of Niger State in Nigeria since 29 May 1999. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Ogun State is a state in South-western Nigeria. ... Image:OtunbaGbengaDaniel . ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ondo State, Nigeria was created on 3 February 1976 from the former Western State. ... Dr. Olusegun Kokumo Agagu (b. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... [Olagunsoye Oyinlola|Ọlagunsoye Oyinlọla] (PDP) Date Created 27 August 1991 Capital Osogbo Area 9,251 km² Ranked 28th Population 1991 Census 2005 est. ... Olagunsoye Oyinlola has been governor of Osun State in Nigeria since 29 May 2003. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ọyọ State is an inland state in south-western Nigeria, with its capital at Ibadan. ... Rasheed Adewolu Ladoja (born 25 September 1944) became governor of Oyo State in Nigeria on 29 May 2003. ... December 7 is the 341st day (342nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Plateau State is one of the 36 states of Nigeria. ... Chief Micheal Botmang, former Plateau state deputy governor, was sworn in as governor of Plateau State following the impeachment of Chief Joshua Dariye on 13 November, 2006. ... November 13 is the 317th day of the year (318th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 48 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Rivers State is one of the 36 states of Nigeria. ... Dr. Peter Otunuya Odili (b. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Sokoto State is a state in north-western Nigeria. ... Alhaji Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa (b. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Taraba is a state of Nigeria, named after the Taraba River which traverses the southern part of the state. ... Jolly Taboro Nyame has been governor of Taraba State in Nigeria since 29 May 1999. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Yobe State, a mainly agricultural state, is located in Northern Nigeria. ... Bukar Abba Ibrahim Alhaji Bukar Abba Ibrahim (b. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Zamfara State is a state in Nigeria. ... Alhaji Ahmed Sani Yerima (b. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...

Abubakar eligibility

However, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Abubakar ineligible to run due to fraud charges. A High Court had ruled that the commission could not disqualify candidates, but INEC claimed that the constitution barred candidates from running if indicted. Another superior court, the Court of Appeal, ruled in favour of the Electoral Commission by saying that it has powers to disqualify candidates. Abubakar attempted to get on the ballot via court challenge. In a case that came before the apex court, the court ruled that INEC has no constitutional powers to disqualify any candidates for the election, clearing the way for Abubakar to run. The Supreme Court, the country's highest judicial body, confirmed this ruling and reaffirmed Abubakar's candidacy.[6] The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), set up in 1998, is the electoral body which was set up to oversee elections in Nigeria; it is chaired by Maurice Iwu. ... The Supreme Court of Nigeria is the highest court in Nigeria, and is located in the Central District, Abuja, in what is known as the Three Arms Zone, so called due to the close proximity of the offices of the Presidential Complex, the National Assembly, and the Supreme Court. ...


Adebayo Adefarati, the candidate of the small Alliance for Democracy, died shortly before the election on 29 March 2007. This raised the possibility of the election being delayed, as the law provides for a delay under the circumstances if requested by the party that had nominated the candidate; however, a spokesman for INEC said that the election would not be delayed.[7] He said that the party could nominate a replacement candidate.[8] Adebayo Adefarati (February 14, 1931[1] - March 29, 2007) was a Nigerian politician. ... The Alliance for Democracy is a progressive political party in Nigeria. ... March 29 is the 88th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (89th in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ...


Attacks

Nigerian military killed at least 25 suspected Islamic militants 18 April, while battling extremists who attacked a police station on 17 April in Kano, days before the election.[9] Shortly before voting began on 21 April, there was an alleged attempt in Bayelsa State to kill Goodluck Jonathan, who is the PDP vice-presidential candidate and the governor of the state, as well as a failed attempt to destroy INEC headquarters in Abuja with a truck bomb.[10] Political Ideologies Part of the Politics series Politics Portal This box:      This article is about political Islamism. ... April 18 is the 108th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (109th in leap years). ... April 17 is the 107th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (108th in leap years). ... Kano is the administrative center of the Kano State and the third largest city in Nigeria, in terms of geographical size, after Ibadan and Lagos. ... April 21 is the 111th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (112th in leap years). ... Bayelsa State is a state in southern Nigeria in the core Niger Delta region, between Delta State and Rivers State. ... Seal of the Vice-President of Nigeria Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (b. ... Abuja is the capital city of Nigeria, with an estimated population of 1. ...


Nigeria has never yet managed a peaceful handover from one democratically elected president at the end of his constitutional term to the next.[11] The most recent failed election was the 1993 election of M. K. O. Abiola, which was annulled by Ibrahim Babangida, the military dictator ruling at the time. General Sani Abacha eventually seized power, and when Abiola tried to claim his presidency, he was imprisoned until his questionable death in 1998.[12] Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola (often referred to as M. K. O. Abiola) (born August 24, 1937?) in Abeokuta, was a Nigerian Yorùbá businessman and political figure. ... Ibrahim Babangida General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (born August 17, 1941), popularly known as IBB, was the military ruler of Nigeria from August 1985 until his departure from office under heavy popular pressure in 1993, after his annulment of elections held that year which were widely held to have been the... Sani Abacha General Sani Abacha (Kano, 20 September 1943 – Abuja, 8 June 1998) was a Nigerian politician and military leader. ...


Gubernatorial and State House of Assembly results

The ruling PDP won 26 of the 32 states, according to INEC, including Kaduna State and Katsina State, where the results were contested by the local population; the election will have to be rerun in Imo State and Enugu State due to complications.[13] By the last count, Obasanjo's PDP party had won 29 of 33 states so far declared, with Human Rights Watch describing the vote-rigging as "shameless".[14] Kaduna State is a state in central northern Nigeria. ... Katsina State is a state in northern Nigeria. ... Imo is in Southern Nigeria and was created on February 3, 1976. ... // Enugu State is an inland state in southeastern Nigeria. ... Human Rights Watch Banner Human Rights Watch is a United States-based international non-government organization that conducts research and advocacy on human rights. ... Electoral fraud is the deliberate interference with the process of an election. ...


Presidential election vote and results

Following the gubernatorial and state assembly elections on 14 April, 18 parties, including those of Abubakar and Buhari, demanded on 17 April that the presidential election be postponed, that INEC be disbanded, and that the earlier elections be annulled; otherwise, they said that they would consider boycotting the presidential election.[15] On 19 April, however, both Buhari's ANPP and Abubakar's Action Congress said that they would not boycott the election.[16] April 14 is the 104th day of the year (105th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 261 days remaining. ... April 17 is the 107th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (108th in leap years). ... April 19 is the 109th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (110th in leap years). ...


The 60 million presidential election ballot papers were kept in South Africa to prevent tampering. [17] However, last-minute changes to add Abubakar to the list caused problems in distribution of ballots as papers did not arrive from South Africa until Friday evening. [18] The reprinted papers were not serially numbered as was intended. [19]


Results

Number of votes per candidate

Official figures on voter turnout were not released but the turnout was estimated at 57.5 percent of 61.5 million registered voters.[20] Image File history File links Size of this preview: 600 × 337 pixelsFull resolution (600 × 337 pixel, file size: 26 KB, MIME type: image/png) Http://swivel. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 600 × 337 pixelsFull resolution (600 × 337 pixel, file size: 26 KB, MIME type: image/png) Http://swivel. ... Voters lining up outside a Baghdad polling station during the 2005 Iraqi election. ...


The first results to be released, from Rivers State, showed a large majority for Yar'Adua.[21][22] On April 23, Yar'Adua was declared the winner by INEC, which said that he had received 70% of the vote[23] (24,638,063 votes).[24] Buhari was said to be in second place with 18% of the vote[23] (6,605,299 votes),[24] while Abubakar was placed third with about 7%[23] (2,637,848 votes).[24] Both Buhari and Abubakar rejected the results, considering it rigged in Yar'Adua's favor.[23] Rivers State is one of the 36 states of Nigeria. ... April 23 is the 113th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (114th in leap years). ...


Outgoing president Olusegun Obasanjo stated in a televised address that the election "could not be described as perfect".[23] [25]


Results, announced by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Prof. Maurice Iwu, were:[26]

Candidate Party Votes
Umaru Yar'Adua Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 24,638,063
Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) 6,605,299
Vice President Atiku Abubakar Action Congress (AC) 2,637,848
Prof. Patrick Utomi African Democratic Congress (ADC) 50,849
Lawrence Adedoyin African Political System (APS) 22,409
Emmanuel Okereke African Liberation Party (ALP) 22,677
Chief Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu All Progressives Grand Alliance 155,947
Chief Pere Ajuwa Alliance for Democracy (AD) 89,241
Bartholomew Nnaji Better Nigeria Party 11,705
Maxi Okwu Citizens Popular Party (CPP) 14,027
Attahiru Bafarawa Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) 289,324
Rev. Chris Okotie Fresh Democratic Party 74,049
Ambrose Owuru Hope Democratic Party 28,519
Mojisola Obasanjo Nigerian Masses Movement 4,309
Olapade Agoro National Action Council 5,752
Emmanuel Obayuwana National Conscience Party 8,229
Habu Fari National Democratic Party 21,934
Chief Orji Uzor Kalu Progressive Peoples Alliance 608,803

The results did not disclose the total votes scored in the states or the percentages of the scores by the presidential candidates. Seal of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. ... The Peoples Democratic Party is a centrist political party in Nigeria. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The All Nigeria Peoples Party is a conservative political party in Nigeria. ... Seal of the Vice-President of Nigeria Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (Turakin Adamawa), GCON (born 25 November 1946) is the Vice-President of Nigeria. ... The Action Congress is a Nigerian political party formed via the merger of the Alliance for Democracy, the Justice Party, the Advance Congress of Democrats, and several other minor political parties in September 2006. ... General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Ikemba Nnewi (born November 4, 1933) was the leader of the secessionist state of Biafra in Nigeria (1967–1970), during the Nigerian Civil War. ... The All Progressives Grand Alliance is a political party in Nigeria. ... The Alliance for Democracy is a progressive political party in Nigeria. ... Alhaji Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa (b. ... Reverend Chris Okotie Reverend Chris Okotie (b. ... The Fresh Democratic Party is a liberal political party in Nigeria. ... The National Democratic Party is a political party in Nigeria. ... Governor Orji-Uzor Kalu Orji Uzor Kalu (b. ... The Progressive Peoples Alliance(PPA) is a political party in Nigeria. ...


Reactions

Ikimi and Amusu, the representatives of the AC and the ANPP at the INEC Collation Centre in Abuja, denounced the results announced by the INEC Chairman. According to Ikimi, "In states like Edo, Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo, Akwa Ibom etc, we know that the elections did not start even as late as 5 pm. The results collated showed that over 80 percent of the votes being counted in favour of the PDP and they are totally flawed. In most of the states, only the Resident Electoral Commissioners and the PDP Agents signed the results. We have been here since yesterday (Sunday) to observe this collation and we only collated eleven states and the INEC Chairman just rushed down to declare the results and declare Umoru Yar’Adua as the winner."[26]


According to Ikimi, "The result sheets we viewed so far was not signed by any of our agents at the state level. They were only signed by Resident Electoral Commissioners and only the PDP agents."[26]


Also, Admiral Lanre Amusu who represented the ANPP at the INEC collation centre concurred what Chief Tom Ikimi said. "I am in total agreement with what Chief Ikimi has just said. Only results from 13 states and they were collated and signed by the Resident Electoral Commissioners in the States and the PDP Agents. Our agents did not sign these results."[26]


The national chairman of the Democratic Peoples Alliance (DPA), Chief Olu Falae, with leaders of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), the Action Congress (AC), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), National Advance Party (NAP) and the National Democratic Party (NDP), has called for the setting up of an Interim National Government to conduct credible elections in the country. Falae explained that the country needed an ING to guard against the emergence of the military on the political scene. [27]


The Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation claimed that the INEC deliberately left 70 percent of the ballot papers in a warehouse in Johannesburg, South Africa. The contractors could have freighted the entire 200-ton consignment into the country three days before the election (Thursday) but INEC told them to bring only 30 percent of the ballot papers”.[28]


Observers

Following the presidential election, groups monitoring the election gave it a dismal assessment. Chief EU observer Max van den Berg reported that the handling of the polls had "fallen far short" of basic international standards, and that "the process cannot be considered to be credible"[29], citing "poor election organisation, lack of transparency, significant evidence of fraud, voter disenfranchisement, violence and bias"[25].


One group of observers said that at one polling station in Yenagoa, in the oil-rich south, where 500 people were registered to vote, more than 2,000 votes were counted.[22]


Felix Alaba Job, head of the Catholic Bishops Conference, cited massive fraud and disorganisation, including result sheets being passed around to politicians who simply filled in numbers as they chose while bribed returning electoral officers looked away.[30]


The winner of the presidential election is scheduled to be inaugurated on 29 May 2007.[1] May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ...


International reaction

A spokesman for the United States Department of State said it was "deeply troubled" by election polls, calling them "flawed", and said it hoped the political parties would resolve any differences over the election through peaceful, constitutional means. [23] The United States Department of State, often referred to as the State Department, is the Cabinet-level foreign affairs agency of the United States government, equivalent to foreign ministries in other countries. ...


"Nigeria has once again failed to rise to the occasion... Size isn't enough... It is a failed giant," said prominent Ghanaian economist Nii Moi Thompson. He compared its elections to those of Liberia in 2005, saying, "Even Liberia, which is coming out of war, had more credible elections than Nigeria."[31] Liberian elections in 2005 marked the end of the political transition following Liberias second civil war. ...


"There is the saying: 'Why are you so stupid? And why don't you have a life?'. To have this widespread abuse of the democratic initiative certainly doesn't do Africa any good," said Scott Baker, a professor at Champlain College in the US city of Burlington, Vermont. "How can Nigeria sit at the meetings of the African Union African Peer Review Mechanism or Ecowas and talk about other people's elections?" he asked.[31] Champlain College is a private college located in Burlington, Vermont. ... Burlington is the largest city in the U.S. state of Vermont and is the shire town of Chittenden County, Vermont. ... Official language(s) None Capital Montpelier Largest city Burlington Area  Ranked 45th  - Total 9,620 sq mi (24,923 km²)  - Width 80 miles (130 km)  - Length 160 miles (260 km)  - % water 3. ...


External links

References

  1. ^ a b Ola Awoniyi: "Nigeria sets date for elections", Mail & Guardian. 29 August 2006.
  2. ^ "Nigeria party picks its candidate", BBC News. 17 December 2006.
  3. ^ "The candidates to be Nigeria's leader", BBC News. 22 December 2006.
  4. ^ "Nigeria VP to run for president", BBC News, 25 November 2006.
  5. ^ "Nigerian president withdraws VP's jet in feud", Reuters (IOL), 21 December 2006.
  6. ^ "Nigerian court rules in favour of VP Abubakar", Reuters, 16 April 2007
  7. ^ "Nigerian presidential candidate from small party dies", Associated Press (International Herald Tribune), 29 March 2007.
  8. ^ "Nigeria death fails to halt poll", BBC News, 29 March 2007.
  9. ^ Salisu Rabiu: "Nigeria's military says troops kill 25 suspected Islamic militants days before election", newspress.com.
  10. ^ "Attacks seek to derail Nigeria poll", Al Jazeera, 21 April 2007.
  11. ^ "Nigeria's dangerous elections", The Economist. 21 October 2006.
  12. ^ Chido Nwangwu: "M.K.O Abiola's sudden death draws anger, disbelief", USAfricaonline.com.
  13. ^ Barry Moody, "Nigeria court clears way for late presidential bid", Reuters (Alertnet.org), 16 April 2007.
  14. ^ "How to steal yet another election", The Economist, 19 April 2007.
  15. ^ "Vote boycott threat in Nigeria", Al Jazeera, 18 April 2007.
  16. ^ "Nigeria poll boycott threat fades", Al Jazeera, 19 April 2007.
  17. ^ "Nigerians tense on eve of polls", BBC 20 April 2007
  18. ^ Slow start for Nigerian elections, BBC 21 April 2007
  19. ^ 'Why Ballot Papers Were Not Serially Numbered' This Day, Nigeria
  20. ^ Nigeria's president-elect pleads for peace., AFP, 24/04/2007 13h26.
  21. ^ "Monitors, opposition reject Nigeria poll", Reuters (IOL), 23 April 2007.
  22. ^ a b "Calls to cancel Nigeria poll result", Al Jazeera, 22 April 2007.
  23. ^ a b c d e f "Huge win for Nigeria's Yar'Adua", BBC News, April 23, 2007.
  24. ^ a b c "Yar'Adua wins Nigeria elections", Al Jazeera, 23 April 2007.
  25. ^ a b Tom Ashby, Yar'Adua declared winner of Nigeria poll., Reuters, Tue 24 Apr 2007 8:29AM BST.
  26. ^ a b c d INEC: Yar’Adua is the President-elect This Day, Nigeria
  27. ^ Falae, 6 other opposition leaders want ING proclaimed Nigerian Tribune
  28. ^ INEC Abandoned Ballot Papers in S/Africa -Atiku This Day, Nigeria
  29. ^ Nigeria election 'worst ever seen'., SMH News, 24 April 2007.
  30. ^ Nigeria's church speaks out
  31. ^ a b Polls show Africa's 'giant' has clay feet, IOL
Nigerian presidential elections
v  d  e
1979 | 1983 | 1993 | 1999 | 2003 | 2007
Nigerian legislative elections
1959 | 1964 | 1979 | 1983 | 1992 | 1998 | 1999 | 2003 | 2007
Nigerian Senate elections
1979 | 1983 | 1992 | 1998 | 1999 | 2003 | 2007

 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m