Nigeria's Buhari closes in on historic election victory

March 31, 2015 11:28 AM

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ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian opposition contender Muhammadu Buhari, an ex-general who first won power three decades ago in a military coup, closed in on a historic election victory on Tuesday, maintaining a hefty lead in the vote count in Africa's most populous nation.

According to a Reuters tally collated from 33 of Nigeria's 36 states, the 72-year-old Buhari had more than 14 million votes, testament to the faith Nigerians have put in him as a born-again democrat intent on cleaning up Nigeria's corrupt politics.

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