Nigerians "witness history" in their Presidential Election

Nigerian opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared victory for former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari in Nigeria’s Presidential Election held yesterday.

This is the first time that a Nigerian ruler has been ousted by an opposition candidate through the ballot box.

To get insight into the process 702's John Robbie spoke to Professor Kole Omotose, Visiting Professor at the Nigeria State University. While some have described the victory as the victory for democracy, Omotoso was quick to point out that the result holds a particularly ironic twist as former President Goodluck Jonathan was the first victim of the election reforms he had instituted. Apparently the former President even phoned Buhari to congratulate him!

It is incredible that he did that, and for many of us it was a surprise. I couldn't believe it. I was sure that the people around him, including his wife, would have simply told him 'No! No! No! We aren't going to accept it. We are going to contest!'

Prof Kole Omotoso

Click below to hear Prof Kole Omotoso's full chat with John Robbie...


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