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Nigerian president's party fails in key local vote

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's party has finished second in a state election seen as a test of his popularity and opposition strength, the country's electoral watchdog said on Sunday. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on its website that Jonathan's Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) received 97,700 votes in the race for a new governor in southeastern Anambra state, while the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) was just behind with 95,963.

Fears for Nigeria-wide vote after local election chaos

Nigeria's 2015 presidential elections could descend into chaos if alleged irregularities and bungling in a key local vote are repeated nationally, politicians and activists are warning. Nearly two weeks after voters went to the polls to elect a new governor in southeastern Anambra state, there is still no result and Nigeria's electoral watchdog has ordered a re-run in some constituencies this weekend.

Irregularities mar key Nigeria state poll

Irregularities in a Nigerian state poll seen as a key litmus test ahead of 2015 general elections have forced a re-run in some areas, an official said Monday. Polls in southeastern Anambra state exposed bitter divisions within President Goodluck Jonathan's Peoples Democratic Party and marked an early test for a new opposition coalition that has vowed to take the presidency in 2015.

Nigerian state votes in test for president

Nigeria's Anambra state went to the polls on Saturday to choose its next governor, with the result viewed as a benchmark of public support for the country's president before a national vote in 2015. Some 1.8 million voters were registered to decide the successor to incumbent Peter Obi, who steps down in March next year after completing a maximum two, four-year terms. Fears of violence linked to the election saw stringent security measures put in place in the mineral-rich southeast state, with restrictions on movement and a heavy police presence.

Nigerian wife fakes kidnapping to dupe ransom from husband

ONITSHA, Nigeria (Reuters) - A Nigerian woman faked her own kidnapping to extort a $1,200 ransom from her husband, police said on Tuesday, in a region of the west African nation plagued by abductions. Authorities arrested the woman and her accomplice, a motorcycle taxi man who helped her stage it, after tracing the bank account given for her husband's payment of 200,000 naira ($1,200) to the taxi man himself.

Thousands mourn literary giant Achebe at hometown funeral

Thousands mourned Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe on Thursday at the hometown funeral of the man regarded as the father of modern African literature, best known for his seminal novel "Things Fall Apart." An overflow crowd outside the church where the funeral service was held gathered under tents or in the streets, where they stood atop cars to watch on two giant screens. Heavy security was in place throughout the small southeastern town of Ogidi, with President Goodluck Jonathan and foreign dignitaries attending the service.

Thousands mourn literary giant Achebe at hometown funeral

Thousands mourned Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe on Thursday at the hometown funeral of the man regarded as the father of modern African literature, best known for his seminal novel "Things Fall Apart". An overflow crowd outside the church where the funeral service was held gathered under tents or in the streets, where they stood atop cars to watch on two giant screens. Heavy security was in place throughout the small southeastern town of Ogidi, with President Goodluck Jonathan and foreign dignitaries attending the service.

Crowds gather for funeral of 'Things Fall Apart' author Achebe

Hundreds of mourners gathered on Thursday in the hometown of Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe for the funeral of the man regarded as the father of modern African literature and the author of the widely praised "Things Fall Apart." Heavy security was in place throughout the small southeastern town of Ogidi, with President Goodluck Jonathan along with foreign dignitaries attending the service at the local Anglican church.

'Things Fall Apart' author Achebe set for Nigerian burial

Revered Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe, author of the widely praised novel "Things Fall Apart," will be buried in his small hometown on Thursday in a ceremony expected to draw crowds of mourners. Achebe, who died in the United States in March aged 82, is viewed as an iconic figure in Nigeria and abroad and his death lead to tributes worldwide. Nigerian leaders, foreign dignitaries, fellow writers and the Archbishop of Canterbury were expected to be among those arriving in the town of Ogidi in southeastern Nigeria to pay tribute to Achebe.

Achebe's home state in Nigeria wants him buried there

The home state of Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, the "father of modern African literature" who died this week in the United States, wants him to be buried in his native community, an official said Saturday. The family of Achebe, who had an uneasy relationship with his home country, has not announced their burial plans following the 82-year-old's death on Thursday. "He is a renowned promoter of the African culture. He cannot but be buried in his native home community," said Mike Udah, spokesman for the governor of Anambra, Achebe's southeastern home state.
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