ICC Note: Initial results in Nigeria’s presidential election suggest challenger Muhammadu Buhari (All Progressive Congress), a Fulani Muslim from the country’s north, leads incumbent Christian Goodluck Jonathan (People’s Democratic Party) by a wide margin. The poll has so far seen dozens of people killed nationwide, mostly resulting from Boko Haram attacks seeking to disrupt the electoral process. Persecuted Christians likely sit in the cross hairs of post-election violence regardless of the final outcome, experts say.
3/31/2015 Nigeria (BBC) – Partial results from Nigeria’s election give ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari a narrow lead over the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan.
With more than half of Nigeria’s 36 states declared, Gen Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) is ahead by half a million votes.
A victory for Gen Buhari would make President Jonathan the first incumbent to lose an election in Nigeria.
Correspondents say it is likely the loser will allege foul play.
More than 800 people were killed in protests after Mr Jonathan beat Gen Buhari in the previous election.