The Incumbent and Winner: Goodluck Jonathan
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan cast his ballot in Otuoke. Jonathan, the incumbent and ruling party candidate, is often called an "accidental president," according to the Associated Press. The soft-spoken 53-year-old marine biologist became governor of Bayelsa state after the impeachment of its elected governor. Jonathan later became vice president under elected Muslim leader Umaru Yar'Adua after a widely criticized 2007 election. Yar'Adua left Nigeria for Saudi Arabia in late 2009. A power vacuum stalled the country for months until lawmakers voted to give Jonathan presidential powers in February 2010. Jonathan became president in May 2010 after Yar'Adua's death. Known for wearing the traditional caftan and bowler hat of his Niger Delta home, Jonathan is a Christian of the minority Ijaw ethnic group.
(Photo: AP Photo/Godwin Omoigui)