NIGERIAN 1999 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

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Nigerian 1999 Presidential Election was an election held in Nigeria in the year 1999 since the annulment of the Nigerian 1993 Presidential Election. The election was one of the elections in the history of Nigeria in which the Nigerians vote with hope that after it, the democracy would be stable. Also, the election was the first in the Nigerian Fourth Republic.

The Nigerian 1999 Presidential Election was held on 27 January 1999.

Background

The Nigerian Military took over government after the chaos that followed due to the annulment of the Nigerian 1993 Presidential Election.

However, not so long, the Nigerian Military President General Sani Abacha began a process of returning Nigeria democratic rule. Between 1994 and 1995 a National Constitutional Conference was held was held. During the Conference, different delegates from all over Nigeria discussed the future of Nigeria and how the democracy should be restored. Since then, arrangements have been made in which political parties were formed, and local government elections were held.

By 1998, the arrangement for the presidential election was made. Many political parties endorsed Nigerian Military President General Sani Abacha as their candidates. However, in June 1998, General Sani Abacha died unexpectedly. Therefore, all the arrangements for the presidential election was dismissed. New Military President General Abdussalam Abubakar took over.

NEW ARRANGEMENT FOR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

As soon as General Abdussalam Abubakar became the Nigerian Military President, he promised that the election would took place in 1999. National constitutional conference was held, and new political parties were formed. The election was also agreed to be conducted in the following year 1999.

The Election

The Nigerian 1999 Presidential Election was conducted on 27 February 1999. Many political parties nominated their candidates for the election. However, the top contenders were two as follows :

  1. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
  2. Chief Olu Falae for the Alliance for Democratic – All People’s Party (APP)

All these top contenders were Yoruba by ethnicity. The Presidential Election took place and the above candidates received the following votes :

  1. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo of the PDP scored 18,738,154 popular votes, which is 62.78 % of the whole votes casted.
  2. Chief Olu Falae of the AD-APP Alliance scored 11,110,287 popular votes, which is 37.22 % of the whole votes casted.

Therefore, after due consideration the National Returning Officer for the Nigerian 1999 Presidential Election declared Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as the winner of the election.

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