People crowd around a newsstand under election campaign posters for the All Progressives Congress (APC) (L) and presidential candidate of the APC Muhammadu Buhari (R) on a street in Lagos March 31, 2015. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Muhammadu Buhari, an ex-general who first seized power in Nigeria three decades ago in a military coup, closed in on a historic election win on Tuesday which would mark the first time an incumbent has been ousted via the ballot box in Africa's most populous nation.According to a Reuters tally from 34 of Nigeria's 36 states, the 72-year-old Buhari had 14.6 million votes, testament to the faith Nigerians have put in him as a born-again democrat intent on cleaning up the country's notoriously corrupt politics.Buhari took power in a coup in December 1983 but was ousted in another military takeover led by General Ibrahim Babangida in August 1985 .More than 800 people were killed in post-election violence in 2011, most of them in the predominantly Muslim north.
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