Bayelsa – Nigeria's bellwether state

After a violent, disrupted election Dickson prevailed. Photo©Gov Dickson official blogThe January victory for the PDP shows that the former ruling party can still be a potent force.

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Nigeria Country Profile 2015: Harnessing optimism against despair

altNotwithstanding the country's extraordinary challenges, a general wave of optimism seems to hold sway among
Nigerians at home and abroad.

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Nigeria's cabinet delayed as clean up continues

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's election campaign was centered on his ability to check corruption. Photo©ReutersNigerian President Muhammadu Buhari plans to delay the appointment of his Cabinet until September so that he can carry out a thorough vetting exercise as he tries to form a corruption free government.

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Nigeria's real security vote

ahead of the 28 March elections, Nigerian troops have recaptured areas from Boko Haram in the troubled north-east, following a series of strikes aided by Chad, Niger and Cameroon. Photo©STR/AP/SIPAAfter years of little progress against Boko Haram, Nigeria's military – with the help of regional allies – has launched its most important offensive ahead of polls.

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Nigerians complete party power overhaul

Nigeria's main opposition has won a number of States in elections for governors, shortly after winning the presidential elections.

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Nigeria: The men behind the money

Nigerian elections demand big bucks, and many in industry stand to gain. But despite the ostentatious televised giving sprees and cheerleader consortiums, President Jonathan may still find he's scraping the bottom of the (oil) barrel for the funding he needs.

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Nigeria: High stakes in key states vote

Lagos’s Babatunde Fashola (right, with Goodluck Jonathan) must name a successor. Photo©Akintunde Akinleye/ReutersAs partisan, personal and religious rivalries grow, the two main parties are heading towards state elections that will be as closely fought as the presidential vote.

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Regional security will play its part in Nigeria's presidential contest

Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan. Photo©ReutersWhatever the outcome, national elections due in Nigeria in February will dominate the region's political calendar.

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Nigeria: Goodluck Jonathan faces former military ruler Mohammadu Buhari

Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan will face former military ruler Mohammadu Buhari in next year's presidential elections in a repeat of the 2011 contest.

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Nigeria's game of thrones

Photo© Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters/Photo Montage: Christian Kasongo for TARVeteran politicians regard national elections as monumental, epoch-changing events, often reaching into history for parallels such as power struggles in the Yoruba kingdoms or Shakespeare's history plays. This time they are not exaggerating, judging by the build up to the Nigerian elections due next February.

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Nigeria: What happens after the elections in 2015?

Nigerians are bracing for three possible scenarios as the west African country gets ready to hit the polls in February 2015.

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Nigeria: Goodluck Jonathan's PDP candidacy to be contested

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan will be challenged in his bid to stand for re-election on his ruling People Democratic Party (PDP) ticket.

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Nigeria: 2015 elections, missing money, and an eagle eye

Godwin Emefiele, CBN governorNigeria's central bank has vowed to closely monitor the financial activities of politicians who will seek public office during next year's elections.

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Nigeria: We are not a nation yet - Governor Fayemi

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti StateGovernor of Ekiti State and incumbent candidate on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kayode Fayemi, spoke to The Africa Report on a Saturday morning in Ado-Ekiti, on the same day President Goodluck Jonathan was due in town to appear at a campaign rally for Fayemi's leading challenger, Ayo Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). It was two weeks to the June 21 governorship elections that will decide whether Fayemi gets a second term in office. It was also one week to the June 13 and 14 APC National Convention at which the party's first set of elected executives would be chosen.

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Nigeria: Beyond Boko Haram

Boko Haram is picking on soft targets, with civilians bearing the brunt. Photo©ReutersThe west African country's opposition proposes solutions to the Islamist insurgency.

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Nigeria's big question: Divide or conquer?

Children celebrate Nigeria’s independence, though the legacy still hangs heavy. Photo©PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFPIn the century since unity Nigeria has experimented with federalism in myriad forms. Today, as President Jonathan plans a national conference in the face of growing criticism, he fields demands ranging from restructuring and the division of states to autonomous control.

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Nigeria: Things fall apart in two political camps

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo (left) Bola Tinubu, national leader of APC (right). Photos©Devra Berkowitz/un photo and MichAel Tubi/DeMoTix/corbisPresident Jonathan may be quarrelling with his predecessor as governors defect to the opposition, but the ruling party is still betting on victory.

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Election Watch 2014: A Nigerian go slow for Goodluck

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. Photo©ReutersThe next president is to be inaugurated on 31 May 2015. According to the constitution, national elections must be held six months earlier, in November or December 2014.

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Nigeria's split ruling party: PDP versus New PDP and Abubakar Kawu Baraje

Abubakar Kawu Baraje Baraje leads the New PDP. Photo©All Rights ReservedAbubakar Kawu Baraje leads the New PDP, an offshoot of the ruling party that split away in late August, claiming that the PDP has become autocratic and unprincipled.

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Nigeria: Dominant Party cracking down on renegades

Nigeria's ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) has been accused of using institutions such as the police to silence officials behind a breakaway faction challenging President Goodluck Jonathan's second term ambitions.

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