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On Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March, the Nigerian people voted in presidential elections, the final results of which have been announced today.
Firstly, tribute is due to all those involved in making the election peaceful, transparent and credible – the INEC, the domestic and foreign observers, civil society, the political parties and above all the Nigerian people themselves. They have shown how a democracy can work.
I warmly congratulate General Buhari as the successful Presidential candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC), and all those who have gained seats in the Senate or the House of Representatives, of all parties. I acknowledge the candidates that have conceded defeat gracefully. Those who wish to contest the results should do so through the appropriate procedures. The EU Election Monitoring Mission will remain to monitor the elections for Governors on 11 April, which it is hoped will be conducted in the same peaceful and democratic spirit.
Nigerians can now look forward to focussing on the many challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of the country. The European Union has been a close partner for Nigeria over the past 50 years, and will continue to support its development and to share its values in promoting peace, prosperity and democracy on the continent and in the world.
I thank outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan for his great contribution to building the country and to consolidating its democracy over the past five years, and look forward to working with the newly elected President and his government in the future.