Opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari ahead in Nigerian election

Opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari ahead in Nigerian election

Opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari ahead in Nigerian election

Written by Staff Writer

31 Mar, 2015 | 4:20 pm

With partial results reported in the Nigerian presidential election, opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari appears to be leading the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.

According to a tweet from Attahiru Jega, the chairman of the electoral commission, counting of votes stopped just before midnight on Monday and was postponed until Tuesday morning. Jega will be the one to announce final results.

 

 

With just over half of Nigeria’s states declared, Gen Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) was reported to be ahead by some two million votes.

However more results are yet to be announced on Tuesday.

The candidate with the most votes will only avoid a run-off if they gain at least 25% of the votes in two-thirds of Nigeria’s 36 states.

However, if there is no outright winner, the law says a run-off election must be held within seven days and Victory in a run-off election will be assesed by simple majority.

A victory for Mr Buhari would make President Jonathan the first incumbent in Nigeria to lose his re-election bid.

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