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Vol 56 No 3

Published 6th February 2015


Lots of gunboats, little diplomacy

High political tensions and a flood of weaponry into the Niger Delta presage trouble in this month’s elections

The risk of violent clashes in the Niger Delta is increasing as the political contest heats up ahead of the presidential and governorship elections, scheduled for 14 and 28 February. Just as the country faces its tightest election race since the return to civilian rule in 1999, rivalry with no holds barred has erupted between between supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan, born in what is now Bayelsa State and also the first national leader from the Delta, and a growing band of opponents led by Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi, the doyen of the opposition All Progressives Congress.

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