March 28, 2015 Held


Federal Republic of Nigeria

Election for Nigerian Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:29,432,083
Valid Votes:28,587,564
Invalid Votes:844,519

Vote Share by Party:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

All Progressives Congress (APC) (All Progressives Congress (APC)) 15,424,921


Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) (Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)) 12,853,162


African Peoples Alliance (APA) (African Peoples Alliance (APA)) 53,537


Allied Congress Party of Nigeria ACPN) (Allied Congress Party of Nigeria ACPN)) 40,311


Citizens Popular Party (CPP) (Citizens Popular Party (CPP)) 36,300


Alliance For Democracy (AD) (Alliance For Democracy (AD)) 30,673


African Democratic Congress (ADC) (African Democratic Congress (ADC)) 29,666


Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN) (Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN)) 24,475


National Conscience Party (NCP) (National Conscience Party (NCP)) 24,455


Action Alliance (AA) (Action Alliance (AA)) 22,125


United Progressive Party (UPP) (United Progressive Party (UPP)) 18,220


Kowa Party (KP) (Kowa Party (KP)) 13,076


United Democratic Party (UDP) (United Democratic Party (UDP)) 9,208


Hope Democratic Party (HOPE) (Hope Democratic Party (HOPE)) 7,435

Election Results Modified: Apr 03, 2015

General Information

*Note: Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) won the presidential race.  

At stake in this election:

  • The office of President of Nigeria

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Goodluck JONATHAN *
  • Head of Government: President Goodluck JONATHAN
  • Assembly: Nigeria has a bicameral National Assembly consisting of the Senate with 109 seats and the House of Representatives with 360 seats.
  • The president is both the chief of state and head of government.

*The President is elected by popular vote to serve a 4-year term (eligible for a second term). An absolute majority or at least 25% in two-thirds of the states is required for a candidate to be elected in the first round.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by qualified plurality vote to serve a 4-year term.
  • In the Senate 109 members are elected by simple majority vote in multi-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms*. In the House of Representatives 360 members are elected by simple majority vote in single-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms.*

*Three members are elected from each of the 36 states and one from Abuja. There is one single member constituency (Federal Capital Territory).

Main Candidates in the Presidential race:

  • Ishaka Paul OFEMILE (Vice President)
    • Party: Action Alliance  (AA)
  • Rafiu SALAU
  • Akuchie Clinton CLIFF (Vice President)
    • Party: Alliance for Democracy (AD)
  • Ganiyu O. GALADIMA
  • Ojengbede Oluremi FARIDA (Vice President)
    • Party: Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN)
  • Dr. Mani Ibrahim AHMAD
  • Obianuju MURPHY-OZOHUE (Vice President)
    • Party: African Democratic Congress (ADC)
  • Ayeni Musa ADEBAYO
  • Anthony Faith OLOGBOSERE (Vice President)
    • Party: African Peoples Alliance (APA)
  • Muhammadu BUHARI
  • Yemi OSINBAJO (Vice President)
  • Chief Sam EKE
  • Hassana HASSAN (Vice President)
    • Party : Citizens Popular Party (CPP)
  • High Chief Ambrose N. Albert OWURI
  • Alhaji Haruna Yahaya SHABA (Vice President)
    • Party : HOPE
  • Comfort Oluremi SONAIYA
  • Seidu BOBBOI (Vice President)
  • Chief Martin ONOVO
  • Ibrahim MOHAMMED (Vice President)
    • Party : National Conscience Party (NCP)
  • Goodluck Ebele JONATHAN
  • Mohammed Namadi SAMBO (Vice President)
  • Allagoa Kelvin CHINEDU
  • Arabamhen MARY (Vice President)
    • Party: People’s Party of NIgeria (PPN)
  • Godson Mgbodile Ohaenyem OKOYE
  • Haruna ADAMU (Vice President)
    • Party: United Democratic Party (UDP)
  • Chief (Dr.) Chekwas OKORIE
  • Bello UMAR (Vice President)
    • Party: United Progressive Party (UPP)

Population and registered voters:

  • Population: 182,201,962 (2015)
  • Registered Voters: 67,422,005 (2015)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 89,413,012 (2015)

·         Is Nigeria a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (23 April 1984)

·         Has Nigeria ratified CEDAW: Yes (13 June 1985)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 20 (House of Representatives); 7 (Senate) following the 2015 elections

·         Human Development Index Position: 152 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Very High (2014)

Disability Data:

·         Is Nigeria a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)

·         Has Nigeria ratified CRPD: Yes (24 September 2010)

·         Population with a disability: 27,330,294 (est.)


Election Modified: Aug 17, 2023

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