Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan moves to postpone elections

Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria

President Goodluck Jonathan backed down from an attempt to delay’s Nigeria’s Feb. 14 election, avoiding a political standoff in Africa’s largest democracy.

The failed move offered a rare glimpse into how vulnerable Mr. Jonathan suddenly finds himself ahead of the vote. Polls shows the president running neck-and-neck with Muhammadu Buhari, a retired army general and former military dictator.

Goodluck Jonathan, who is campaigning for a second four-year term, spent Thursday in a seven-hour meeting with the Council of State, an influential advisory body made up of legislative leaders, the attorney general, governors, plus former presidents and chief justices, his government said.

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