Nigeria: Presidential – General elections will be held on February 14, 2015

Nigeria: Presidential – General elections will be held on February 14, 2015
Nigerian president begins re-election campaign
Goodluck Jonathan, seeking to win a second four-year term in February’s vote, holds mass rally in opposition stronghold

2015 Nigeria Presidential Campaign

Goodluck Jonathan

Agence France-Presse

LAGOS- Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, formally began his campaign for re-election on Thursday, taking the fight to a key opposition stronghold with a mass rally.

All roads to the venue on Lagos Island were cordoned off and armed soldiers and police searched the crowds, many of them dressed in the red, white and green of Jonathan’s Peoples Democratic party (PDP).

The vote is due to go ahead on 14 February but there are fears that polling could be ruled out in swaths of the country’s north-east because of sustained violence by Boko Haram militants. The national electoral body has said there are no plans to postpone.

Jonathan, a 57-year-old southern Christian, is pushing for a second four-year term, calling for more time to build on his first and complete his “transformation agenda”. Two-page advertisements in national newspapers on Thursday proclaimed: “Goodwork in progress … Vote goodwork … vote Goodluck.”

The main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has denounced Jonathan’s presidency as a failure, highlighting his inability to end the Islamist insurgency and tackle endemic corruption. Nigeria is also reeling from a fall in global crude prices that has forced a revision of the 2015 budget estimates and a devaluation of the currency against the US dollar.

“Under his watch, Nigeria has become No 1 in broken promises,” read one advertisement supporting the APC candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler.

On Wednesday Jonathan’s campaign chief, Femi Fani-Kayode, described Buhari as a “great danger” for the unity of the country. He said the 72-year-old from the Muslim-majority north, who is standing for the presidency for the fourth time since 1999, “represents a return to an ugly past which is best forgotten”.

Fani-Kayode also questioned Buhari’s democratic credentials and described his record in public office as “shameful and disastrous”. Buhari ousted the civilian president Shehu Shagari in a military coup in 1983 and his 18-month rule was characterised by a hardline stance on corruption.

“We do not believe that Nigeria ought to be run by a man that is not capable of tolerating dissent or by a political party like the APC that has no sense of remorse, restraint or decency,” Fani-Kayode said.

The APC, a coalition of opposition parties, is seen as having its best chance of winning power since Nigeria returned to civilian rule 16 years ago. It said the PDP was running scared. “The real danger to democracy in Nigeria is Jonathan,” said the party’s spokesman Lai Mohammed. “Before he came into office in 2010, Nigeria was a united country. But it is no more now.

“[Buhari] is also a good party man. The orgy of violence, armed robbery, killings, kidnappings and other forms of crime under Jonathan’s watch is unprecedented in the history of Nigeria. We have more than 20,000 sq km of our land now occupied by Boko Haram.”

The opposition has previously denounced a secret police raid on its Lagos offices and the teargassing of opposition MPs outside parliament last year as politically motivated. This week the APC claimed that Buhari supporters were shot as they made their way to a rally in the southern oil city of Port Harcourt on Tuesday.

2015 Nigeria Presidential Campaign

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Video: 2015 Nigeria Elections

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Video:Nigeria’s former president Olusegun Obasanjo

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Video: Nigeria-President Goodluck Jonathan takes a swipe at opposition

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Video: Muhammadu Buhari, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), promises to fight terrorist group

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Nigeria Election Chief Vows Credible Poll
Audio- Voice of America (VOA) interview with Professor Attahiru Jega, Chairman Nigeria Electoral Commission

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2015 Election: Sultan Abubakar advises Nigerians to shun voilence
Sultan Abubakar

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar, on Sunday called on Nigerians to shun violence to ensure peaceful conduct of the general elections.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Abubakar said this at a special convention and launch of AT-Tajdid Newspaper and Islamic centre.

He said that the desire of Nigerians to conduct free, fair and credible elections would only be possible in peaceful atmosphere.

Abubakar called on Islamic clerics to sensitise their followers on what the entire society stood to benefit in peaceful atmosphere.

“There is no religion that preaches violence, hence the need for Nigerians to work hard in ensuring peaceful conducts of all electoral processes,” he said.

Abubakar described the gathering as a great achievement in the history of Islamic affairs in the world.

He said that the Sultanate would partner the newspaper to sensitize Nigerians on what Islamic religion is all about.

Abubakar advised that the paper should be used to promote the good moral teachings of past leaders.

Speaking earlier, Gov Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State, advised the newspaper to come out with programmes to educate Nigerians on importance of religious tolerance.

He commended members of the Jama-tul Tajdudil Islam (JTI) for continued support in the promotion of Islamic activities.

He also called on Islamic scholars to educate their followers on the need to participate in the forth coming general elections.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that about N93 million (US $516,667)was realized at the launching with Sokoto State Government donating N25 million (US $111,111) and Zamfara State Government N3.5 million (US $19,444).
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Nigerian
Nigeria

Population: 177,155,754

Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country, is composed of more than 250 ethnic groups; the following are the most populous and politically influential: Hausa and Fulani 29%, Yoruba 21%, Igbo (Ibo) 18%, Ijaw 10%, Kanuri 4%, Ibibio 3.5%, Tiv 2.5%

Religions:
Muslim 50%
Christian 40%
Traditional African 10%

Largest cities

1 Lagos Lagos State 21,000,000
2 Kano Kano State 3,626,068
3 Abuja FCT 3,000,000
4 Ibadan Oyo State 2,550,593
5 Kaduna Kaduna State 1,652,844
6 Port Harcourt Rivers State 1,320,214
7 Aba Abia State 1,300,000
8 Ogbomosho Oyo State 1,200,000
9 Maiduguri Borno State 1,197,497
10 Benin City Edo State 1,147,188
11 Zaria Kaduna State 1,018,827
12 Jos Plateau State 900,000
13 Ilorin Kwara State 847,582
14 Enugu Enugu State 722,664
15 Oyo Oyo State 620,400
16 Abeokuta Ogun State 529,700
17 Onitsha Anambra State 509,500
18 Warri Delta State 500,900
19 Sokoto Sokoto State 500,500
20 Okene Kogi State 444,900

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Lagos
Lagos Nigeria

Abuja
Abuja

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