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.
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.
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.