Mohammedu Buhari on verge of claiming victory in Nigerian presidential elections – Telegraph.co.uk

Mr Buhari, 72, who ruled with an iron fist in the 1980s, is challenging Mr Jonathan over his record on clamping down on corruption and on dealing with the Boko Haram insurgents who kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from northern Nigeria last year.

The United States and Britain said on Tuesday that after the vote there were worrying signs of political interference in the centralised tallying of the results, although they said it did not appear to be “systemic” in favour of one side or another.

“So far, we have seen no evidence of systemic manipulation of the process,” John Kerry, US secretary of state, and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a joint statement.

“But there are disturbing indications that the collation process – where the votes are finally counted – may be subject to deliberate political interference,” they added.

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