Jonathan promises Lagos residents good infrastructure

Jonathan promises Lagos residents good infrastructure Abuja: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has promised an improvement of badly dilapidated infrastructure to the residents of Lagos, the country's commercial nerve centre while campaigning for the April 9 presidential election.

Jonathan who is the candidate of the ruling Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) in polls told a crowd of supporters in the opposition stronghold that he would build the former capital with about 20 million residents into a mega city.

Security was tightened with many roads barricaded by the police during the campaign causing heavy traffic with many commuters complaining of reaching their destinations two hours behind schedule.

"Vote in favour of Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) in this state to enable you catch up with the development pace which other states benefit for being in the fold", Jonathan said in his election speech.

The United States embassy cancelled a press briefing as the media could not gain entry into the information section located within the precinct of the president's campaign.

Lagos, home to 14 million people, is controlled by the nation's strongest opposition party Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) whose governor Babatunde Fashola gained wide accolade within the country as having invested heavily in infrastructural development especially roads.

"We have nobody to fight and no enemies to make. We are only talking about moving Lagos forward," Jonathan said at the Tafawa Balewa Square, the venue of his campaign.

The president's campaign to south eastern Rivers states saw a huge crowd at a stadium where eleven deaths were recorded due to crowd pressure.

Elections in Nigeria, Africa's most populous and oil rich country, are scheduled for next month and names of candidates have been submitted to the country's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Nigeria with a population of 150 million returned to civilian rule in 1999 after several years of military intervention.

Since then, presidential elections have been conducted after every four years.