Former militants join Nigeria's Jonathan for election rally

February 6, 2015 6:01 PM

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Former militants join Nigeria's Jonathan for election rally

YENAGOA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigerian ruling party politicians and former militants who in past decades disrupted Africa's biggest oil industry met in President Goodluck Jonathan's home state of Bayelsa on Friday to rally support for his re-election bid a week before the vote.Thousands of supporters wearing the red and green of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) cheered as Jonathan took the stage after hours of dancing to singers and a live band."I know you love me and I love you," Jonathan told them in the stadium of the Bayelsa state capital Yenagoa, his short speech punctuated by bass guitar and crashing symbols."I will make sure that everybody, in one way or another, tastes the fruits of democracy," he said, wearing his trademark fedora hat and carrying a gold-handled cane.

Jonathan is campaigning heavily in a tight race amid criticism he has failed to quell a bloody Islamist insurgency or tackle corruption, complaints that have dented his popularity in the largely Muslim north, but also in the religiously-mixed southwest.In return, he has drawn attention to his achiev...

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