Politics, Seat of Power

Fourth time lucky for Gen. Buhari? How he failed in his past 3 attempts to become president

Gen. Muhammed Buhari yesterday (Thursday, December 11) clinched the ticket to fly the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) flag in the 2015 presidential elections after garnering 3,430 votes at the National Convention of the party held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

The former military ruler floored other aspirants including Kano state governor, Rabiu Kwakwanso (who scored 970 votes); former vice president, Atiku Abubakar ( 954 votes); Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha (620 votes) and publisher of Leadership newspapers, Sam Nda-Isaiah (with a measly 10 votes).

However, this is not the first time the military general is getting a chance to face-off in the main presidential elections as he has done so three times before; but on each of the occasions, he was emphatically floored. encomium.ng takes a look at his losses in previous presidential elections…

In 2003, his first attempt, Gen. Buhari faced off against incumbent president, Olusegun Obasanjo under the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP). He was defeated, after polling 12,710,022 votes (32.19 percent of total votes cast) with President Obasanjo, who contested under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), scoring 24,456,140 votes (61.94 percent of total votes cast).

In his second attempt in 2007, he fared even worse. He, again, contested under the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) polling 6,605,299 votes (18.72 percent of total votes cast), losing to eventual winner and late President Umaru Yar’Adua of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who garnered 24,638,063 (69.82 percent of total votes cast).

More recently in 2011, Goodluck Jonathan was his foe. This time, he contested under the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC). He polled 12,214,853 votes (31.98% percent of votes cast), second only to the President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who got the votes of 22,495,187 people (58.89 percent of votes cast).


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