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Nigeria's two main political parties traded blame on Tuesday over a small bomb blast at a court in oil-producing Rivers state a day earlier, a signal of the growing risk of violence ahead of elections next year. The 2015 national poll is expected to be the most closely fought since the end of military rule 15 years ago because of a row within President Goodluck Jonathan's ruling People's Democratic Party PDP over his assumed intention to run for another term, and because the opposition coalition is more powerful and has broader national appeal than any previous one. Rivers Governor Rotimi Amaechi last year defected from Jonathan's PDP, intensifying a row between them. Amaechi joined the main opposition All Progressives Congress C, giving the newly formed opposition coalition a foothold in Jonathan's home Niger Delta region and heightening the rivalries that often lead to violence in Africa's second largest economy.
January 07, 2014 - 12:20 GMT