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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LAGOS (Reuters) – A suspected bomb blast killed up to eight people at a Nigerian election office on Friday and four people, including a ruling party official, were shot dead hours before parliamentary polls.
The violence was a further blow to hopes of orderly elections in Africa’s most populous nation, holding its parliamentary election a week later than planned on Saturday because of logistical chaos.
LAGOS, April 8 (Reuters) – An explosion rocked the local
offices of Nigeria’s electoral commission in the central town of
Suleja on Friday, hours ahead of parliamentary polls, in what
one emergency official said appeared to have been a bomb blast.
Security sources said up to eight people may have been
killed and a dozen injured in the explosion in Suleja, on the
northwestern edge of the capital Abuja, but neither the election
commission nor the emergency services could confirm this.
LAGOS, April 7 (Reuters) – Nigerian authorities have
arrested scores of opposition members in the southeastern state
of Akwa Ibom in a campaign of intimidation ahead of elections,
opposition lawyers and rights activists said on Thursday.
More than 40 supporters of the Action Congress of Nigeria
(ACN), including governorship candidate James Akpanudoedehe,
have been arrested following rioting last month between rival
party activists, Akpanudoedehe’s lawyer Frank Ekanem said.