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Mar 31, 2015

Nigeria opposition’s Buhari ahead as vote count resumes

ABUJA (Reuters) – 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 31 of Nigeria’s 36 states, the 72-year-old general had more than 13 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.

Mar 31, 2015

Buhari extends lead in tight Nigerian election

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigerian opposition contender Muhammadu Buhari built a lead of over 2.5 million votes with only six states uncounted on Monday, raising the prospect of a stunning ballot box victory for a man who first came to power three decades ago via a military coup.

The 72-year-old general who has campaigned as a born-again democrat intent on cleaning up the corrupt politics of Africa’s most populous nation notched up 12.9 million votes, according to a tally collated by Reuters from 30 of Nigeria’s 36 states.

Mar 30, 2015

Buhari builds on early lead in tight Nigerian election

ABUJA, March 30 (Reuters) – Nigerian opposition leader
Muhammadu Buhari built a lead of 2 million votes with
three-quarters of states counted on Monday, 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 results collated by Reuters, Buhari had notched
up 12 million votes. A 72-year-old general, he has campaigned as
a born-again democrat intent on cleaning up the corrupt politics
of Africa’s most populous nation.

Mar 30, 2015

Nigeria election results due to start trickling in

ABUJA (Reuters) – Results from Nigeria’s elections, potentially the closest contest since the end of military rule in 1999, were due to start trickling in on Monday after a weekend vote marred by confusion, arguments and sporadic violence.

The election pits President Goodluck Jonathan against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari for the favor of an electorate divided along a complex mix of ethnic, regional and in some cases religious lines in Africa’s most populous nation.

Mar 29, 2015

Nigeria opposition rejects presidential vote in oil state

ABUJA, March 29 (Reuters) – Confusion and violence blighted
Nigeria’s tensest presidential election since the end of army
rule, with the opposition rejecting results from a turbulent
southern state even before they have been announced.

The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers
state accused supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan of being
behind killings of its campaigners, and denounced the vote there
as “a sham and a charade”.

Mar 29, 2015

Nigeria vote runs into second day after glitches, killings

ABUJA, March 29 (Reuters) – Voting in Nigeria’s tensest
election since the end of military rule in 1999 spilled into a
second day on Sunday after technical glitches hit voter ID
machines and Islamist Boko Haram militants killed more than a
dozen people in drive-by shootings.

The race pits President Goodluck Jonathan against former
military ruler Muhammadu Buhari for the favour of an electorate
divided along a complex mix of ethnic, regional and in some
cases religious lines.

Mar 29, 2015

Gunmen kill 15 in Nigeria during tense election

ABUJA (Reuters) – Gunmen killed at least 15 people including an opposition politician near polling stations in northeast Nigeria on Saturday, casting an ominous shadow over the closest electoral contest since the end of military rule in 1999.

The tense race pits President Goodluck Jonathan against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari for the favour of an electorate divided along a complex mix of ethnic, regional and in some cases religious lines.

Mar 28, 2015

Nigerians vote in first genuine contest since end of dictatorship

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigerians vote on Saturday in what looks set to be the first genuine electoral contest since the end of military rule in 1999, one in which an opposition aspirant has a fighting chance of unseating the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.

Jonathan, seeking a second elected term, faces former military ruler and main opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari in a tense race with an electorate divided along ethnic, regional and in some cases sectarian lines.

Mar 27, 2015

Nigeria president warns against bloodshed ahead of Saturday poll

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan warned against violence ahead of Saturday’s presidential election as people began stockpiling food, cash and fuel for fear of clashes.

Jonathan will face former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari in what is seen as the closest presidential race since the end of military rule in 1999.

Mar 2, 2015

Insight: Why Nigeria’s restive oil region will only accept Jonathan

OTUOKE, Nigeria (Reuters) – The most impressive building in Otuoke, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s home town in the oil producing Niger Delta, is the multi-storey mansion complex he has built for himself and close family while in office.

A few hundred meters away, the street where he grew up is a jumble of rusting iron-roofed shacks. Down a dirt side alley, Happiness Ebi smokes fish on a charcoal barbecue, a staple in this swampy southern region.

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      "“I am the Bureau Chief for Nigeria since Nov. 2011. Before that I covered West Africa for 2 years from Ivory Coast, Iraq for 2 years (from Baghdad), and east and central Africa for 5 years, including Uganda, eastern DRC, South Sudan, Kenya and Madagascar.”"
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