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Apr 15, 2015

Buhari’s Nigeria oil policy to focus on reform first, taxes last

ABUJA, April 15 (Reuters) – Oil firms keen to know how
Nigeria’s president elect Muhammadu Buhari plans to tax them
could be waiting a long time as he makes ending corruption and
reforming the opaque national oil company his most urgent sector
priorities.

Four party sources from Buhari’s All Progressives Congress
(APC) told Reuters the issue of fiscal terms, seen as crucial by
the industry, will have to wait on current thinking about oil
and gas policies for Africa’s leading producer.

Apr 13, 2015

Nigerian governor elections see swing to president-elect’s party

LAGOS, April 13 (Reuters) – Results in Nigeria’s
governorship vote saw a swing towards president-elect Muhammadu
Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) party on Monday, two
weeks after it made history by unseating the incumbent in a
presidential poll.

Eight states have so far abandoned the People’s Democratic
Party’s (PDP) of defeated president Goodluck Jonathan in favour
of the APC — which now has a total of 20 states, more than half
of the territories up for grabs against the PDP’s 13.

Apr 13, 2015

Buhari’s party wins Lagos vote, shoring up Nigeria rule

LAGOS/ONITSHA, Nigeria (Reuters) – The party of Nigeria’s president-elect Muhammadu Buhari has retained the Lagos state governorship, the electoral commission said on Sunday, consolidating his administration’s power by giving it control of the commercial capital.

While voting was extended in several other states due to violence or voting irregularities, the result in Lagos means it will be the first time since the end of military rule in 1999 that the governor of that key state and the president will be from the same party.

Apr 12, 2015

Governorship vote extended in Nigeria’s oil hub, other states

LAGOS/PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (Reuters) – Voting for Nigeria’s powerful state governors was extended on Sunday in several states after ballot box snatching and violence in some districts, particularly in oil hub Rivers state, electoral commission officials said.

The 36 governors are among the most influential politicians in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil producer and economy, with budgets larger than those of small nations.

Apr 11, 2015

Nigerians vote for powerful state governors

LAGOS, April 11, (Reuters) – The final stage of Nigeria’s
election began on Saturday with voting for powerful state
governors, two weeks after a presidential poll saw an incumbent
leader unseated at the ballot box for the first time.

The 36 governors are among the most influential politicians
in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil producer and top economy, with
budgets larger than those of small nations and influence that
can decide who goes on presidential tickets.

Apr 2, 2015

Nigeria’s oil delta quiet as militants weigh options after Jonathan defeat

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria, April 2 (Reuters) – The militant
leaders who once wrought havoc in the Niger Delta oil industry
have suddenly gone quiet following the defeat of Nigeria’s
incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan, in an election this
week.

An amnesty deal with the militants brokered by Jonathan when
he was vice president in 2009 ended their rebellion, offering
them generous payouts that they still enjoy today.

Mar 29, 2015

Nigeria opposition protests presidential vote in oil state

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (Reuters) – Confusion and sporadic violence blighted Nigeria’s tensest presidential election since the end of army rule, with opposition supporters disputing results on Sunday from a turbulent southern state even before they were announced.

The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state accused supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan of being behind killings of its campaigners, and denounced the vote there as “a sham and a charade”.

Mar 27, 2015

Power matters in Nigeria’s presidential race

ABUJA, March 26 (Reuters) – Nigerian president Goodluck
Jonathan’s election campaign has trumpeted his reform of the
power sector as a crowning achievement. But electricity
shortages persist and the underperformance is a major political
issue.

Jonathan took the bold step in 2013 of selling parts of the
moribund state electricity firm and says the privatisation has
bourne fruit. “Power supply in many parts of the country has
improved to a consistent level of 15 hours a day,” a
presidential website says.

Mar 26, 2015

Lack of electricity undermines Nigerian president’s relection bid

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan’s election campaign has trumpeted his reform of the power sector as a crowning achievement. But electricity shortages persist and the underperformance is a major political issue.

Jonathan took the bold step in 2013 of selling parts of the moribund state electricity firm and says the privatization has bourne fruit. “Power supply in many parts of the country has improved to a consistent level of 15 hours a day,” a presidential website says.

Mar 26, 2015

Nigeria’s presidential candidates sign new peace appeal

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s main presidential candidates have signed a “peace accord” ahead of hotly contested elections on Saturday in an effort to prevent religious or ethnic violence, the government said on Thursday.

President Goodluck Jonathan is running against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari in what looks set to be the closest presidential race since military rule ended in 1999.