Nigeria presidential election: Ex-military ruler Buhari takes lead in early results

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Abuja, March 31: Ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari is leading incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan as partial results from Nigeria's election has come out, media reported Tuesday.

Nigeria presidential election: Ex-military ruler Buhari takes lead in early results

However, results of populous states such as Lagos and Rivers are yet to be declared, BBC reported Tuesday.

Buhari's party All Progressives Congress (APC) was reported to be ahead by some two million votes. President Jonathan's People's Democratic Party (PDP) gained 6,488,210 votes and Gen Buhari's APC party received 8,520,436 votes.

The counting of votes is due to continue at 10:00 local time (09:00 GMT) on Tuesday.

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Inec, Nigeria's election commission suspended the announcements of results late on Monday, after giving the results for 18 states and the capital Abuja.

Several key states have yet to declare in the south, where Jonathan, a southerner, enjoys strong support. 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.

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