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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.

Apr 8, 2011

Blast, shooting in Nigeria ahead of polls

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.

Apr 8, 2011

Explosion at Nigeria election office before polls

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.

Apr 7, 2011

Arrests threaten credible vote in Nigerian state

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.

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