Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan takes election campaign to key oil region

Taxi tricycles drive past campaign billboards and banners in Otuoke, the home town of Nigerian President and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) election candidate Goodluck Jonathan in the Niger Delta region, on January 27, 2015 (AFP Photo/Pius Utomi Ekpei)

Nigeria‘s President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday took his re-election campaign to the Niger Delta, knowing that victory in the key oil region will help determine the winner of next month’s vote.

The head of state, who is looking for a second four-year term, was in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, which is controlled by the opposition and seen as a pivotal election battleground.

Rivers State was run by Jonathan’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) until the defection of its governor Rotimi Amaechi in late 2013 to the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

It has since been a flashpoint for violence between supporters of the two parties, with long-standing complaints from Amaechi about a personal campaign against him by the government in Abuja.
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