A Nigerian cabinet minister has warned of a rise in violence before the February election, and accused the main opposition of trying to foment unrest to jeopardise the vote. Information Minister Lai Mohammed said on Monday the government had “credible intelligence” that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was orchestrating “widespread violence”. He said the PDP was trying to whip up unrest “with a view to truncating the elections” to trigger “a constitutional crisis that could snowball into the establishment of an interim government”, he told a news conference in the capital, Abuja. Africa’s most populous nation goes to the polls on February 16 to choose a new president and parliament. Governorship and state assembly elections take place two weeks later. Nigerian elections are often turbulent affairs, frequently marked by accusations of plotting or back-doors dealing. President Muhammadu Buhari, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is seeking a second term, but PDP candidate Atiku...

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