Challenger Buhari leads in Nigerian election as vote count continues Add to ...

March 31, 2015 11:18 AM

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Nigeria’s opposition contender Muhammadu Buhari held a sizeable lead as counting in the country’s election resumed on Tuesday, raising the prospect of a stunning ballot box victory for a man who first came to power three decades ago via a military coup.

According to a provisional Reuters tally collated from 33 of Nigeria’s 36 states, the 72-year-old general had more than 14 million votes after campaigning as a born-again democrat intent on cleaning up the corrupt politics of Africa’s biggest economy and most populous nation.

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