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Apr 17, 2011

Nigeria’s Jonathan set for victory in election

ABUJA, April 17 (Reuters) – President Goodluck Jonathan took
what appeared to be an unassailable lead on Sunday as votes were
tallied from around Nigeria, despite a strong showing by rival
Muhammadu Buhari in his mainly-Muslim strongholds.

Buhari, a former military ruler from the arid, dustblown
north, was hoping to at least force a second round against
Jonathan, the first head of state from the swamps and creeks of
the oil-producing Niger Delta.

Apr 17, 2011

Early results suggest close Nigerian election

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan looked set for a close race against ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday as results trickled in from a vote broadly deemed to have been the most credible for decades.

Tens of millions of Nigerians turned out for the polls, from the tin-roofed shacks of the Niger Delta, Jonathan’s southern home region, to the dusty alleyways of Daura, Buhari’s village in the mostly-Muslim north.

Apr 16, 2011

Nigerians turn out in force for presidential vote

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigerians massed at polling stations Saturday for what they hope will be their first credible presidential election for decades and could set an example across Africa.

Queues formed early across the country, including the village of tin-roofed shacks in the southern Niger Delta where President Goodluck Jonathan will vote and the dusty alleyway in the northern village of Daura where his main rival, former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, will cast his ballot.

Apr 15, 2011

Nigerians pick president in crucial election

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigerians pick their next leader on Saturday in what they hope will be their first credible presidential election for decades, polls which could make or break the country’s standing as a democratic leader in Africa.

The election pits President Goodluck Jonathan, the first head of state from the southern, oil-producing Niger Delta, against Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler with a reputation as a disciplinarian from the mostly-Muslim north.

Apr 14, 2011

Split opposition boosts Nigerian leader’s poll hopes

LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan goes into an election on Saturday bolstered by division among the main opposition parties which has increased his chances of sealing victory in the first round.

Africa’s most populous nation votes for the second time this month on Saturday, part of an election cycle which, so far, observers have deemed to have been among the most credible for several decades.

Apr 13, 2011

Nigeria opposition fails to strike election pact

ABUJA/LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigeria’s two main opposition parties have failed to reach an eleventh-hour alliance to unseat President Goodluck Jonathan, leaving them divided ahead of elections in three days time.

Officials from the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) held hours of talks late into Tuesday night and again Wednesday on the possibility of fielding a single candidate against Jonathan.

Apr 12, 2011

Nigeria opposition mulls alliance to beat Jonathan

LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigeria’s two main opposition parties are mulling an eleventh-hour alliance to try to unseat President Goodluck Jonathan in elections on Saturday, opposition sources said.

Officials from the two parties — the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) — met in Abuja on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of fielding a single candidate against Jonathan, the sources said.

Apr 9, 2011

Nigerians vote amid tight security after violence

LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigerians voted in a delayed parliamentary election on Saturday, voicing determination to hold a credible poll in Africa’s most populous nation despite chaotic organization and violence.

At least seven more people were killed in four separate incidents in the last few hours before polling. Those deaths followed the killing of at least 10 people by a bomb at an election office late on Friday.

Apr 9, 2011

Nigerians head out to vote despite chaos, violence

LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigerians turned out for a delayed parliamentary election on Saturday, voicing determination to hold a credible vote in Africa’s most populous nation despite chaotic organisation and violence.

“We want to show the rest of the world that we are ready for democracy,” said Mukaila Odukoya, a 45-year old trader, in the Obalende district of Lagos as people clamoured to find their names on the voter register at a polling booth.

Apr 9, 2011

Nigerian poll overshadowed by violence and chaos

LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigerians went out to vote under tight security on Saturday in a ballot delayed by administrative bungling and marred by a deadly bomb attack hours before polling stations opened.

The setbacks have added to questions over whether Africa’s giant, with more people than Russia, can hold its first credible elections since military rule ended 12 years ago.

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