Nigeria awaits tense poll results, UN chief calls for calm

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ABUJA: Nigerians on Monday awaited the first results of a closely fought general election pitting President Goodluck Jonathan against ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon called for calm after deadly riots followed 2011 polls. The United Nations Secretary General congratulated Nigeria for holding a “largely peaceful and orderly” ballot, as the head of the country’s electoral commission said Sunday that the first results could be announced the following day. The presidential election in Africa’s most populous nation and largest oil producer is the closest in the country’s history, with the first credible challenge from an opposition party.

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