Nigerian President 'to run in upcoming election'

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The Independent Online

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has told state governors in the ruling party he intends to stand in elections next January.

Imo State Governor Ikedi Okahim, a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP), told reporters Mr Jonathan had made his intentions known at a meeting with party governors in the presidential villa.

Mr Jonathan has so far declined to publicly say whether he will run and his office has said that until he makes a declaration either way any other comment is speculation.

But recent announcements from Mr Jonathan's administration, including a major blueprint to end chronic power shortages and road and infrastructure projects, have looked more like campaign promises and most Nigerians expect he will stand. He has replaced the heads of the armed services and police force, appointed under his predecessor Umaru Yar'Adua, in a move which further asserts his authority.

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