Opposition Candidate Defeats Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan

March 31, 2015 8:46 PM

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Nigeria is poised to make history. An opposition candidate appears to have un-seated a sitting president through the ballot box for the first time ever. This could also be the first peaceful transfer of power in Africa's largest democracy. Results show voters chose former military leader Muhammadu Buhari by a wide margin to be their next president. Among the president-elect's first challenges, making good on his pledge to defeat Boko Haram. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton is in Nigeria's capital, Abuja. She joins us now, where people are still very much reacting to the news.

OFEIBEA QUIST-ARCTON, BYLINE: Well, I'm outside Muhammadu Buhari's campaign headquarters and all you can hear are car horns, supporters screaming and everybody is waving in the air traditional brooms because that is the campaign slogan of the Buhari camp. And it's because he says he's going to sweep...

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